The death of a 29-year-old man, who was killed during a police raid that targeted the customers of a "foot spa" in a Beijing neighborhood on Saturday, has prompted the police to enhance the crackdown on sex workers.|
However, despite government efforts against sex work in hotels, karaoke clubs, hair salons or massage parlors, the trade seems to be still thriving. For now, sex work is an administrative offense in China. Workers and clients can face up to 15 days of detention and a fine up to 5,000 yuan ($825).
Facing the reality that the industry is unlikely to ever be eradicated, together with the social problems arising from a lack of regulation, some sociologists and lawyers advocate legalizing sex work to protect vulnerable women from sexually transmitted diseases and violence. Do you think it’s time prostitution is brought into the light as a legalized profession?
A woman from Xianning, Hubei Province, who is a sex worker in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province shows her workplace to a photographer in 2009. Photo: CFP