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Sex-worker rights activist Ye Haiyan and family kicked out of Guangdong

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 July, 2013, 4:54am

Sex-worker rights activist Ye Haiyan was thrown out of Guangdong by security police yesterday in a continuing campaign of harassment.

The 38-year-old single mother, her boyfriend and her 14-year-old daughter were put on a high-speed train to Hubei province from Guangzhou South station under police escort.

The three had arrived in Guangzhou on Saturday afternoon after they were made homeless by Zhongshan security police.

They were forcibly evicted from their newly rented flat in that city after their power and water supplies were cut off.

At 2am on Saturday they were put in a police vehicle along with their furniture, appliances and possessions and dumped on a roadside in the Guanghai district of the city of Taishan , nearly 120 kilometres from their home.

According to Ye's boyfriend, Zhongshan security police threatened to break their legs if they were seen again in the city.

Ye said the forced eviction, which she documented on social media, followed days of harassment by authorities in Zhongshan, where they had attempted to settle after being forced out of Bobai county in Guangxi in June and Wuhan in Hubei in 2010.

After arriving in Guangzhou on Saturday and meeting her lawyer and supporters, Ye was harassed again late in the evening while staying at a friend's place in the city.

One of Ye's friends was injured during a scuffle with a handful of men in plain clothes, who claimed to be security guards. "They forced me to the ground outside my friend's apartment," said a supporter.

"At first they were going to take [Ye] to a local police station, but they hesitated and then forced us from our friend's apartment," he said.

Yesterday morning, Ye and her family were put in a taxi by police, taken to the train station and returned to rural Hubei.

Ye's lawyer Wang Yu said: "This was a shameless act in the extreme. They are exhausted and wish to be left alone until things quieten down."


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Like the activist here we should all be concerned for sex workers rights. How society criminalizes prostitution is wrong. It places women in a vulnerable position with no rights and exposed to danger.
Rather than finding ways to outlaw prostitution why not legalize and regulate it? This is a profession, one that has been around for thousands of years. Many think that sex workers are forced into the life (and some are) but many enter voluntarily. However they enter it they are entitled to the same rights and protections as all of us. Unfortunately they can't call police when they are robbed or beaten and too many are. To get a better picture of the varied ways women become sex workers there is a documentary made about escorts by an escort. "American Courtesans" has been in several film festivals including the ECU and Women's International and will be distributed soon. There is more information on IMDB and at www.americancourtesans.com
so much for fulfilling the "Chinese dream"
It is precisely because sex workers are working in an illegal industry that they can be abused by multiple parties--pimps, gangs, police, clients--without any avenue of redress. Sex workers must be afforded the same fundamental rights, such as labor protection, as any other worker.
The only reason I can see for making the trade illegal is because the idea of selling time slots to certain specific parts of one's body in exchange for financial gain is somehow unacceptable. The fact is, as workers, as employees, we all sell time slots to our bodies in one way or another. Any employee is selling his or her body for a certain period of time, to the extent that he or she performs work with that body, such as operating a computer, moving boxes, distributing flyers, etc. That intimate, physical contact of a sexual nature is involved does not take away from this act of selling time slots of one's body. Whether that intimate contact is palatable is a matter of preference and should remain solely the decision of the individual involved. We must remind ourselves that preferences, including preferences concerning family values or morality, have no place in law.
In other words, there is no reason why workers in the sex trade should be discriminated by the law through criminalization. Legalization of the sex trade should be a top priority of any government.
What do you mean? This is the Chinese Dream...to rid China of undesirables who interfere with the government's good work.


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