Sex Industry

Henan police apologise for mistaking policewoman for a sex worker

A plainclothes policeman catches a woman during a police crackdown on prostitution in Quanzhou, Fujian, October 29, 2011. Photo: Reuters

The Wenhua Lu police department in Zhengzhou apologised on Thursday for mistakenly arresting an off-duty policewoman and her daughter as sex workers causing an outcry against arbitrary police action.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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

Mistresses, sex workers part of same supply chain, says sociologist

Sociologist and sexologist Li Yinhe. Photo: Handout/Sina Weibo

Mistresses and sex workers belong to the same supply-chain - albeit at different levels, says a renowned Chinese sexologist.

Li Yinhe, a sociology professor and widow of the late Chinese novelist Wang Xiaobo, shared her observations with more than 200 attendees at Hunan’s first-ever “Love and Culture” forum in Changsha, last Monday.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:45pm 2 comments

More sex workers report abuse by police, survey finds

Sex workers' rights group Zi Teng protest in Wan Chai on Monday. Photo: Sam Tsang

An increasing number of sex workers report being blackmailed by police, according to a survey conducted by a group representing female sex workers' rights in Hong Kong.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:01pm

Brothel owner in storm over gift to hard-up school

Brothel owner Soula Alevridou is at the centre of a storm after she donated money to a cash-strapped primary school. Photo: Reuters

In a country ravaged by recession, Soula Alevridou stands out, in more ways than one. Where other Greek entrepreneurs have fallen on hard times, her business is booming: so much so that she has been forced to open new premises to meet demand.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:55am

Sex charge puts young girls at risk, activists say

The arrest of an official in Henan on suspicion of sexually assaulting up to 100 under-age girls and the busting of a schoolgirl prostitute ring in Zhejiang , both in late May, have again put the country's efforts to protect underage girls under scrutiny.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Film lifts lid on sex-slave shame

Hong Kong audiences this weekend are being introduced to the grim realities of the sex-slave trade in which their city has been accused of playing a part.

It comes in an unnerving documentary - Nefarious: Merchant of Souls - that offers a glimpse into how organised crime, abuse, greed, lust and humiliation intertwine to make human trafficking possible.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Abuse by police up, say sex workers

Reports of police officers abusing prostitutes almost doubled in the first quarter of this year, a sex workers' rights group says.

Zi Teng collected 88 such reports in the first three months of the year, up from 47 in the last quarter of last year - far exceeding the number of complaints by prostitutes about other clients.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Professor of porn reveals naked truth of web sex

In real life, Katrien Jacobs is a media professor at Chinese University. Online, she was 'Lizzy Kinsey - scholarly sex machine', with her personal details, including a self-snapped shot of herself naked, on Adult Friend Finder, one of the world's largest social networks for casual sex.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

To fully legalise the profession or not - it's a dilemma

Legalised prostitution, like drugs, gambling and human trafficking, played a key role in the early development of Hong Kong. But with its modern, safe image as a world city, can today's Hong Kong legitimise the women who follow in the footsteps of Suzie Wong?

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Not a PC approach to road hogs

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Girls and boy forced into prostitution, police say

More than two dozen pimps, thugs and middle men who forced or duped seven underage girls and a 14-year-old boy into prostitution and then took 75 per cent of what they were paid have been arrested.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The risks outweigh the benefits

When a city accountant was convicted of having paid for sex with under-age girls last week, it was a reminder that 'compensated dating' - an issue frequently reported on and discussed in these pages - is as much of a social problem as ever.

16 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Crackdown fails to scare Dongguan's sex-trade veterans

They work in hotels, saunas, massage parlours and karaoke bars; an army of 300,000 whose existence is unacknowledged, whose activities are illegal, and whose industry is irresistibly lucrative and impossible to wipe out.

26 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Prostitution won't go away, so make it safer

Hong Kong has a large sex industry - exactly how big is uncertain because the government refuses to officially acknowledge its existence. The shades of legal grey mean that prostitutes, of whom there are tens to hundreds of thousands, work in a dangerous environment. Two just-concluded trials vividly showed this, with two men sentenced to life in prison for gruesome killings.

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am