Stamping out Vice in Taipei

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Melanie Orhant (mgo6@cornell.edu)
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 17:20:03 -0500


Stamping out Vice in Taipei

Sex workers are protesting attempts to "take away" their jobs, arguing that
stamping out vice does not necessarily
eliminate prostitution. Police raids on sex shops including the 'Buds of
Grace', (one of Taipei's 18 licensed sex shops),
with 24-hour guard across the road, is among the drastic measures being
taken. It is estimated that among the 10,000
women working in Taipei's sex trade, only 128 have permits and they have
become the focus of the campaign.
Although the crackdown has won enthusiastic support from many residents,
the prostitutes backed by radical labour
and feminist groups have mounted noisy protests. Source: AP

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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