Beijing police say 'happy ending' massages are illegal

Prostitution is illegal and frowned upon in China, but no country has as many sex workers. Photo: Reuters

Massage parlour “happy endings” are considered a form of prostitution and are therefore illegal, Beijing police confirmed on Thursday. This is in response to earlier reports in the southern province of Guangdong which suggested it could be in a legal grey area.

Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 6:12pm 5 comments

'Happy ending' massages not considered prostitution by Chinese court

A policeman watches over a group of 'massage girls' suspected of prostitution during a raid on a parlour in Beijing. Photo: AP

The age-old debate on whether "manual stimulation" equates to prostitution – illegal but thriving in China – has recently been the subject of contention in the Guangdong city of Foshan.

26 Jun 2013 - 2:01pm

Zumba prostitute Alexis Wright sentenced to 10 months

Alexis Wright

A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close yesterday when a Zumba fitness instructor who turned her small town studio into a brothel was sentenced to 10 months in jail.

1 Jun 2013 - 5:34am

Letters to the Editor, May 25, 2013

Gordon McQueen in action for Seiko. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Greed culture undermining spirit of giving

I refer to the report ("China Red Cross donations in doubt after new figures show discrepancies", May 20).

It indicated that funds collected by the Red Cross Society of China to help with relief efforts following the Sichuan earthquake could not be accounted for.

25 May 2013 - 5:27am

China needs to make reforms in dealing with prostitution

Women are seated during a police crackdown on prostitution in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province. Photo: Reuters

China's laws on prostitution are crystal clear: it is illegal. Yet no country has as many sex workers. Their services are visible and readily available and what has become a thriving industry is a currency of business and symbol of corruption. The result is that an already fragile part of the population is put at greater risk of abuse and vulnerability to sexually-transmitted diseases.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 6 comments

Maverick Japanese mayor confuses prostitution with sex slavery

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, right, a founder and co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, speaks to journalists in Osaka, Japan. Photo: AP

The right-wing revisionism of Japan's ruling party, stacked to the decks with organisation men who are either progeny of former war criminals and war profiteers, or unduly inspired by the warriors interred at the Yasukuni Shrine, is worrisome enough, but even independents are marching to the militant drumbeat.

20 May 2013 - 1:52am

'Ruby the heart stealer' denies Berlusconi sex allegations

Karima El Mahroug, also known as 'Ruby the Heart Stealer, leaves the court after testifying at the hearing of the Berlusconi trial in Milan. Photo: EPA

The woman alleged to have had sex for money with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi when she was just 17 testified in court for the first time yesterday at a trial of three friends accused of pimping for him.

18 May 2013 - 2:11am

Sex workers in China face police abuse, beatings and torture: Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch estimates four million to six millions sex workers on the mainland are subject to arbitrary abuse by their clients and police. Photo: Robert Ng

A new report, based on 140 interviews with sex workers, clients, police, public health officials and NGO workers, calls on the government to legalise solicitation, end crackdowns and prohibit arbitrary arrests and detentions.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Fleeced with the promise of sex

A gang of mainland women are using the promise of sex to trap and rob their victims in Yau Ma Tei, police warn.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Swiss man 'tricked' into sex with under-age Singaporean prostitute

Swiss expatriate Juerg Buergin. Photo: AFP

Juerg Buergin, 41, is contesting charges filed against him and 50 other local and foreign men accused of paying for sex with the 17-year-old call girl in 2010 and 2011, a case involving prominent figures that caused a scandal in Singapore.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:27am

Training video of suspected prostitutes goes viral on net

A screen grab of the video. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The video is called Exposed: ‘prostitutes’ get social media training It shows a female “lecturer” delivering a tutorial to a group of women explaining how they can “market themselves” and “attract quality clients”.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:41pm

Ambassador resigns after orgy in embassy

The Honduran ambassador to Colombia was forced to resign after his bodyguard reportedly held a Christmas party with prostitutes at the mission.

Carlos Rodriguez Andino stepped down after Honduran Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales received the report of a special commission that investigated the December 20 incident in Bogota.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:40am

Honduran ambassador forced to quit over embassy orgy scandal

The Honduran ambassador to Colombia was forced to resign Saturday after his bodyguard reportedly held a Christmas party with prostitutes at the mission, the foreign ministry in Tegucigalpa said.

6 Jan 2013 - 12:31pm

US athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton admits working as a prostitute

Suzy Favor Hamilton falls during the 1,500 metres final at Sydney. Photo: New York Times

Three-time American Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton says she coped with depression and a troubled marriage by turning to a life of prostitution.

Favor Hamilton acknowledged on Twitter she had worked as an escort following a report on The Smoking Gun website about her double life.

22 Dec 2012 - 1:46am

In China, sex workers' lack of legal protection fans police abuse

Illustration: Craig Stephens

One recent afternoon, 10 "working girls" gathered in a northern Chinese city at the offices of a non-governmental organisation, one of the few in the country that has dedicated itself to helping female sex workers. The women, mostly in their middle to late 30s, chatted away as they enjoyed a rare break from their daily grind at massage or beauty parlours.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:27am 3 comments