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An alleged sex worker and client are shown during a raid on an entertainment center in Dongguan, in southern China's Guangdong province.

Prostitution is illegal in China, but there is a growing change of attitude among the young people, who are sympathising with the sex workers. They see sex workers as ordinary people making an honest living, and they, as well as everyone else, deserve dignity and privacy. However, the recent crackdown against prostitution in Dongguan that was aired on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has no consideration of the vulnerable group.


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Wuhan students perform action art to protest against rude exposure of Dongguan sex workers
Feminists from Wuhan held banners reading: Sex workers also have dignity. While CCAV wants Big Underpants, sex workers need mosaic (to avoid being recognized in TV exposure).

Four female students from Wuhan University based in Wuhan, Hubei province, went on a demonstration on the campus on February 14, calling for respect for sex workers in China.


One student held up a pair of underpants as a metaphor for the Big Underpants or headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV), the largest state owned propaganda machine of Communist Party of China, which has been widely derogatively called asCCAV among Chinese netizens.


With one hand holding a mosaic photo covering their faces, the four students held two banners reading:


Sex job is also job; Sex workers also have dignity.


While CCAV need Big Underpants, sex workers need mosaic (to covered their faces).


The action art performance of the students have gained applause among Chinese netizens as demonstrated by the top two favored comments from one of the major Chinese news portal www.163.com:


Sex workers are by far cleaner and have more dignity than CCAV.


What Big Underpants cover up is much dirtier.


Guangdong police arrested 67 people and shut down 12 entertainment venues in a massive raid late Sunday night after CCTV revealed several hotels in Dongguan, China's 'capital of sex', were involved in illegal sex trade.


Both the CCTV program and the crackdown on prostitution nationwide have since inspired heated debate on Chinese internet with some human rights advocates calling for legalization of the oldest occupation in China.


It was actually not the first time Chinese media reported illegal sex trade in China, but what was the same as before is that sex workers were exposed without reservation, and some even seen naked, in the footages that were aired nationwide.

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