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last night in Taipei's Hwa Hsi Street
NT$4.5 Billion a year
According to estimates by New Party City Councilor Lee Hsin (李新), there are roughly 500 Chinese prostitutes working in Taipei.
The group is estimated to earn NT$12.5 million in profits for the sex industry daily, with each woman seeing about five clients a day at NT$5,000 per session. That works out to about NT$4.5 billion per year.
Most Chinese prostitutes after their arrest are sent to a detention center in Hsinchu, which is officially the nation's only illegal-immigrant detention center for women. There are two other centers for men.
But in recent weeks, due to Ma's crackdown, the Hsinchu center has been packed, and some detainees have been sent to the nation's other two detention centers in Ilan and Matsu.
Before a woman is deported, prosecutors investigate whether she was involved in any other crime.
In the meantime, detainees must wait for the Chinese Red Cross Society to schedule ships between Matsu and Xiamen or Kinmen and Xiamen.
On average, Chinese immigrants are held for roughly four months before being sent home.
According to police statistics, many Chinese prostitutes come to Taiwan through fake marriages or human smugglers.
Liu, who arrived in September, told police after her arrest that her "husband" paid NT$250,000 to a human trafficker for her to be brought to Taiwan.
After arriving, she started to work for her "husband" in order to pay back her fees.
"I need more money," Liu said. "My fake husband said that I have to pay him back so I can keep my own money instead of working for him."
Police say that many brothels use contract taxi drivers, who double as bodyguards, to deliver women to hotels or any location chosen by the customer.
Sometimes, a prostitute marries a driver to receive legal status in Taiwan. But in most cases a Chinese prostitute never meets her legal husband during her stay in Taiwan.
According to the Taipei police officer, marriage to a Taiwan national isn't enough to keep a Chinese prostitute from being deported.
"If a Chinese prostitute enters Taiwan via marriage, no matter whether the relationship is genuine or not, the police will submit the case to the Bureau of Immigration under the Ministry of the Interior," the officer said.
"When the paperwork is done, the case will be sent back to the police again for further investigation," he said. "Then the Chinese prostitute will be deported. The entire process will take approximately five days if the paperwork travels fast."
Spot the mayor
According to one estimate, roughly 500 Chinese prostitutes work in Taipei,
each seeing about five clients a day at NT$5,000 per session
By Jimmy Chuang
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2001,Page 2
For a 24-year-old Chinese woman surnamed Liu,
it was the opportunity to earn money that brought her
to this side of the Taiwan Strait.
The graduate of Normal University in Sichuan Province
made just 1,000 yuan (NT$4,200) a month teaching
elementary school -- a job many in China consider to be well-paid.
But as a prostitute in Taiwan, she earns considerably
more in just a single session with a client.
On most nights, Liu sees five to six men --
earning between NT$6,000 and NT$8,000 per session.
"Most of these Chinese girls will return to China after they
think they've earned enough money," said a Taipei police
officer, who asked not to be identified. "Very few of them
will quit prostitution and stay in Taiwan afterwards."
According to police sources, more and more women
are coming from China to work as prostitutes.
While there are no hard numbers, one city councilor
estimates that at least 500 prostitutes from China are
working in Taipei today.
A shared culture and language makes China an
ideal source for brothel owners to find prostitutes
to work in Taiwan, police say.
Fun Alternatives: But while the world's oldest profession is nothing new in Taiwan -- barber shops that have never cut a lock of hair flourish around the country -- what is new is a growing intolerance toward the sex industry.
Embarrassed by allegations of police officers colluding with the sex industry, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) -- like his predecessor, Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) -- has vowed to do something.
Earlier this month, Ma promised to rid Taipei of the sex industry within three months.
On Oct. 20, roughly 200 illegal Chinese immigrants were deported from Matsu. Of those, about 50 were prostitutes.
Still, many doubt Ma will be successful in his efforts to drive out the sex industry.
And women's groups such as the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters say legislation should be introduced to legalize prostitution. They say crackdowns will do little but push the sex industry further underground, nor will it solve the problem of police corruption.
End of an era
Prostitution Status: Prostitution is legal and regulated.
Brothels and prostitutes have to be licensed.
The licensing of new brothels has been stopped in 1974
and licenses cannot be transfered; the government hopes
to phase out legal brothels (and also legalized prostitution
as a whole, since only brothel owners can apply for licenses
for prostitutes). Taipei has removed all brothel licenses as
of Sept 6, 1997 and is trying to close down illegal brothels, but fails.
Licensed brothels in Taipei could be found near one end of Snake Alley
in the district Wanhua when they still existed.
These cater mostly to working class Taiwanese and prices paid are below US $20
barber shops that have never cut a lock of hair
I mention this because while walking about the
snake market or Night Market in the wee hours of the night,
we (Mieke and I) were wandering down one end of the Snake Alley,
there were not so many people moving around this area,
we walked down one alleyway and standing outside a
funny sort of done up shack were girls dressed in white,
maybe 25 or 30 of them and a 'Madam' standing at the
back near the door. In 1987 not many backpackers
came to Taipei and we knew of only 2 youth hostels
in the city. We were a couple of young Westerners holding hands.
The girls were fascinated by Mieke having blondish hair
and fair skinned and they had probably never seen a white
European female close up. Some of the girls touched her hands and
1 her face. Jokingly she asked if I wanted to 'pop in', I thought
the situation bizzare, so we both smiled at the girls and
passed on down the alley, realising this was the brothel
area, we turned back into the Chinese medicine alley.
It was a really surealistic evening already without
the addition of the brothels of the girls who might
have been forced into that sad existance and all
dressed like nuns on a day off.
use your imagination or rent a video.
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