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Sex Workers Rights

More sex workers report abuse by police, survey finds

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.

Monday, 17 December, 2012, 6:01pm

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

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

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


Should failure to pay wages be a criminal offence?

The secretary for labour and welfare has proposed to the secretary for justice that non-payment of wages be criminalised and that asset limits imposed on legal-aid applicants should be relaxed ('1 in 7 bosses ignores orders to pay staff',

April 7).

11 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


Should the pet cafe be allowed to serve coffee?

I read with great interest Connie Lim's letter (Talkback, March 19), which expresses her views about people bringing their pets to 'restaurants', not 'pet cafes', the subject of the Pets Central appeal. Ms Lim, like many people, does not differentiate between a pet cafe and a restaurant.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Deadly dilemma

The murder of four female prostitutes in Hong Kong recently has brought the safety of sex workers into the spotlight. It has also exposed the community to the controversy surrounding the issue of legalising the sex industry.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Prostitutes reject red-light district

Sex workers do not like the idea of a designated red-light district, a sex workers' concern group said yesterday. Speaking at a City Forum, a representative of Zi Teng said many sex workers had told the organisation they were opposed to the idea.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Living on the edge

It was summer evening when sex worker Suki answered the door to a brothel in North Point's Electric Road. Outside was a man in his thirties. They had sex, but the man didn't want to leave.

'He asked me to massage him. Then he played with his mobile phone and pretended someone was calling him. Later he asked me to play porno tapes for him,' she recalls.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Concern group sets up network for sex workers' safety

A sex workers' concern group is developing a system that allows prostitutes to keep in touch with each other when they are with a client.

Elaine Lam Yee-ling, spokeswoman for the Zi Teng NGO, said it had tried to contact as many prostitutes as possible who operate one-woman brothels after they learned about the first murder.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Women's rights are in the interest of all

Saturday was International Women's Day, and the recent Edison Chen Koon-hei sex-photos scandal has highlighted the importance of privacy rights for women.

10 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

'This is the only thing I can do'

If he had a choice, Ah Ken swears he would never be a sex worker.

'I have no choice. I have no work experience and have a lowly education. It is difficult to find a job,' the Form Five graduate says.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Sex workers reveal abuses

Sex worker Winnie began selecting her clients more carefully after she was severely bitten by a customer who forced her to provide services she did not want to supply one night last year.

The thirtysomething, who has been hosting clients at her Sheung Shui flat for more than five years, still feels scared when she recalls the nightmarish experience.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Unmasking abuse

About 30 sex workers led by advocacy group Zi Teng join a rally to mark the fourth International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers yesterday. The sex workers, all wearing eye masks and chanting slogans, marched to police headquarters to appeal against the ill-treatment they say they receive when vice activities are investigated.

18 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Sex and the city's taxman

While travelling in a taxi this weekend, I endured an unusually talkative driver yapping on his mobile phone about a celebratory dinner he was planning. It was a special day because he had paid off his credit card debt, after more than five years.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The good women of Hong Kong

Li Li is a forty-something Hong Kong woman who preferred to have her name changed for this story. She is sharp, confident, diplomatic, and makes her point clearly.

There are good reasons why Li Li wants to remain anonymous, even though over the past six years the sex worker has been an outspoken activist for prostitutes' rights.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am