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Reality of migrant workers' sexual needs--Temporary couples   [Copy link] 中文

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Edited and translated by Gao Yinan, People's Daily Online

Living far from home to earn a living, China's migrant workers can bear tough jobs and shabby accommodation, but it seems they can't ignore their primitive desires. To relieve the sexual repression caused by long separation from spouses, many migrant workers have "temporary husbands or wives”. One may be very surprised at such a quasi-conjugal relationship just like I do when I first heard of it.



However, “It has become more and more common among the whole group of migrant workers,” said Liu Li, a migrant from central China's Anhui province who is also a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature. According to Liu, the temporary couple phenomenon has led to many social problems, for instance, increasing rates of divorce and extramarital affairs in rural areas, and the impact on the next generation.



The real life of migrant workers and their partners in Zhengzhou is recorded by Hu Guoqing with camera.


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In the stillness of night, migrant workers miss their family far away from workplace. Chinese migrant workers can bear tough jobs and shabby accommodation, but it seems they can't ignore their primitive desires. (Photo/ Guangming Online)



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The room is not exclusive for the couple; it is also home to several single men who are sleeping on their beds. The couple behind the curtain has to restrain emotions so as not to disturb others at night. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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Weng Zhewu, 46, a migrant worker, just comes back from work and his wife sitting on the bed waits for him to go to bed together in Zhengzhou, Henan province. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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Such a small room accommodates several migrant workers, so the privacy of the couple can hardly be protected. However no one complained about it after all the living condition was limited. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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Ten people live in the 10-square-meter room which is full of bad smells. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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The man, 41, covers the lamp with cardboard. He and his wife live with another six male workers in the dormitory. No one complained about it because they all knew his intention clearly. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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The couple in the photo lives with two other couples in the room. It is very embarrassing no matter which couple is on their bed. (Photo/ Guangming Online)

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