Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Hong Kong: Chinese prostitutes face tough penalties if expelled from Hong Kong
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 11:11:22 EST
Chinese prostitutes face tough penalties if expelled from Hong Kong
Agence France Presse, October 30, 2000
HONG KONG (AFP) -- Chinese prostitutes may face tough penalties in mainland
China if they are thrown out of Hong Kong as the territory tries to stem an
influx of prostitutes, a report said Monday.
According to the iMail, Guangdong authorities are considering detaining and
prosecuting cross border prostitutes and preventing them from returning to
Prostitution is banned in the mainland and conviction could mean being sent
to labour camps or, depending on the seriousness of the crime, even prison.
Under existing practice, a prostitute evicted from Hong Kong first receives
a warning and could be fined on subsequent occasions.
As well as risking criminal charges under the proposed new law, repatriated
prostitutes would also be barred from receiving two-way permits for three
to five years. The permits allow Chinese mainlanders to visit Hong Kong and
Although running vice establishments and soliciting are illegal in Hong
Kong, prostitution itself is not.
The move comes as Hong Kong authorities try to halt the increasing influx
of mainland prostitutes and amid a crackdown on vice on the mainland.
Since October 1, mainland authorities have launched a vice clean-up in
Immigration department figures showed that the number of visitors
prosecuted in connection with prostitution rose from 1,700 a year in 1998
and 1999 to 2,093 in just the first nine months of this year. More than 82
percent were from the mainland.
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