Taiwan prostitutes sue Taipei mayor

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Melanie Orhant (mgo6@cornell.edu)
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 16:15:34 -0500


Taiwan prostitutes sue Taipei mayor

TAIPEI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Taiwan prostitutes on Thursday sued the
mayor
of Taipei, saying he had deprived them of their ``working freedom and
rights.''

In a statement, members of the Prostitutes' Self-Saving League said
Mayor
Chen Shui-bian had violated the constitution by depriving them of their
freedom and right to work.

``Under the constitution, everyone is given the right and freedom to
work,
and Chen Shui-bian unilaterally removed our rights and freedom by
cancelling our working licences in September 1997 without consulting
us,''
the league said.

Chen had even defied a December 1997 city council order to restore the
prostitutes' working status, the league said.

Chen has not commented on the charges.

Before Chen ordered the revocation of their licences, Taipei still had
200
legal prostitutes who worked under permits issued by the city government

under a system dating back to the 1950s.

Chen, a member of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party,
decided
to clean up the city two years after he took the mayoral post in 1995
from
the ruling Nationalist Party.

Court officials said they would study the suit before deciding whether
to
summon Chen for a hearing.

07:23 09-10-98

Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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
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