A woman awaits customers from the doorway of a neon-lit barber shop in Beijing in 2008. Sex workers ply their trade in bars, massage spas, karaoke parlours and the barber shops that are found in many Beijing back alleys. Photo: AFP

How China’s market economy has fuelled a prostitution boom

Lijia Zhang says the country’s economic reforms have ushered in opportunities but also setbacks, including a resurgence of gender discrimination that is pushing more vulnerable women into sex work

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A woman awaits customers from the doorway of a neon-lit barber shop in Beijing in 2008. Sex workers ply their trade in bars, massage spas, karaoke parlours and the barber shops that are found in many Beijing back alleys. Photo: AFP
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