A bill to end a detention measure targeting prostitution has been submitted to China’s legislature. Photo: AFP

China set to abolish forced labour detention system for sex workers

  • ‘Custody and education’ allows prostitutes and clients to be detained for up to two years without trial, and forced to make toys and household goods
  • State media have reported a decrease in detentions, while studies suggested the system was discriminatory and did not stem the sex trade
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A bill to end a detention measure targeting prostitution has been submitted to China’s legislature. Photo: AFP
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Linda Lew

Linda Lew

Born in China and raised in New Zealand, Linda joined the Post as a reporter in 2018. Previously, she freelanced for Chinese technology media site TechNode. She holds bachelor's degrees in arts and commerce from the University of Auckland, and has a master's in global business journalism from Tsinghua University.