Taiwan: we now make prostitution legal

Taiwan has legalized prostitution in its territories, making it and Singapore now the only two entities in Eastern Asia to do so.

TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwan parliament passed a bill that legalizes commercial sex work on Friday, but only within the officially designated red-light districts. The bill says that outside those districts authorities can still penalize prostitutes and their patrons. The law will go into effect today.

Local governments can set aside the special districts. The new law says any sex-trade participant caught outside the special zones can be fined up to $1,000. Pimps could be fined up to $1,660.

Since 2009, Taiwanese parliamentarians have mulled the future of prostitution, with the remarkably well organized sex industries lobbying hard to legalize the trade for both workers and patrons, including for the most frequent police targets: women on street corners.

The government’s move on Friday is being touted as a vote of confidence for the Island’s thriving sex industry.

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Prostitution laws of the world, green - legal, blue - legal but regulated, red - illegal. Taiwan is now blue

Interior Minister Chiang Yi-hua says prostitution is condoned in the special zones. He says residents may oppose it but the zones are needed to take care of human needs.

‘The reality is that prostitution exists, it exists throughout the world even when there is a total ban on it,’ the Interior Minister told a press conference. 'This is a reality and social issues that we have to face, and it would be better we concentrate them in special zones and to regulate those zones, instead of letting them to operate underground and unregulated."

Under the new law, sex workers will be banned from directly soliciting business on the street. Instead, they have to operate in brothels. Public advertising for such services will also be banned. In addition, all sex workers will be required to register themselves with local authorities and undergo regular health checks.

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Singapore & Taiwan - a taste for Eastern Asian women?

Taiwanese legislators drafted three bills, one called for punishing only the clients, while another called for the opening up of sex industries in its entirely, although both were rejected on Friday.

The interior ministry said the majority of the public are in favor of the third bill, that is conditionally opening up the sex industry in special zones and have the authorities regulate and monitor it to thaw off criminal groups.

Prior to this, Singapore was the only state in Eastern Asia to legalize prostitution, the city-state allows prostitution to thrive in strictly designated areas, and its Geylang district is the largest and most famous among them. In contrast with Singapore, where homosexuality is not legal, gay rights in Taiwan is one of the most vibrant in Asia, and the prostitution activities is expected to include males.

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http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financia … PVLAO0.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asi … story.html

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/ … -territory

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/1661 … ight-zones

http://www.globalpost.com/photo/5680373 … 2011-11-04

http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c … id=1749670

http://asiancorrespondent.com/68910/tai … ght-zones/

every corner of the earth has it
Miri more than the legal places

go figure that out

:shock: its not good. a way to spread HIV and other STDs… no joke

sleeping with somebody that you dont know… dont you think its quite disgusting??? seriously! anyway, not my business :stuck_out_tongue:

Society is ‘evolving’. Wait until the time where drugs would be legalised as well, what else?

China dolls are flooding the market everywhere now

OOC: good morning dr. dan. :slight_smile: hey, i had to type this seeing your profile photo. whether you care to listen or not, please dont mess around with old people’s photo okay. i hope you are not intent to make fun with it… you tried to make fun with all other things thats fine, its messing around and stuff, but with this particular one, it isnt as funny because you prbably dont realise you are going over the line. pay respect to the old because everyone gets old one day. if you dont know that person in the photo, better remove it. put a monkey photo instead… and i might laugh… or you might be making a few people smile :slight_smile:

i must confess something

i visited prostitutes when i was single

forgive me

[quote=“Talindra”]:shock: its not good. a way to spread HIV and other STDs… no joke

sleeping with somebody that you dont know… dont you think its quite disgusting??? seriously! anyway, not my business :p[/quote]

AIDS/HIV still spreading even in sex repressed countries like Iran.

At least legalizing it:

‘The reality is that prostitution exists, it exists throughout the world even when there is a total ban on it,’ the Interior Minister told a press conference. 'This is a reality and social issues that we have to face, and it would be better we concentrate them in special zones and to regulate those zones, instead of letting them to operate underground and unregulated."

At least it helps to reduce human trafficking, pimps, better safe sex, etc.

While you think its disgusting most guys have less issue about sleeping with unknown women.

i just stumbled across this website showing about mens ranking of prostitutes in Miri and where to find them.
there are nearly 900 posts!
i wont post the link here, if you want PM me

quite shocking

sorry whatman, i do not agree any bit.
Prostitution is not a good thing. and therefore should not be made legal. It is bad. bad n bad.
drug is bad, and should not be made legal. Prostitution is bad and should not be made legal.
WHICH woman like to sleep with many different man for income?
my baby awake… i type more later.

and the prostitution activities is expected to include males.

p/s: for the whole articles, I’m very interested in this :mrgreen:

[quote=“Talindra”]sorry whatman, i do not agree any bit.
Prostitution is not a good thing. and therefore should not be made legal. It is bad. bad n bad.
drug is bad, and should not be made legal. Prostitution is bad and should not be made legal.
WHICH woman like to sleep with many different man for income?
my baby awake… i type more later.[/quote]

I’m more on neutral grounds here. No need to lecture me more on this. I am just pointing out why they legalize it.

[quote=“Talindra”]sorry whatman, i do not agree any bit.
Prostitution is not a good thing. and therefore should not be made legal. It is bad. bad n bad.
drug is bad, and should not be made legal. Prostitution is bad and should not be made legal.
WHICH woman like to sleep with many different man for income?
my baby awake… i type more later.[/quote]

Yes, u rite no women like that. But, still prostitution exists every corners in this world. Why? Think about it.

I ain’t sure whether prostitution would make HIV higher, but compare this HIV prevalent map with the map of prostitution laws above. Regardless, prostitution issues exist and regulating them might be the least the authorities can do.

mevotex, i am not sure either but HIV is one can be passed on easily through social contacts… having sex with somebody who are infected is not safe… and there are a lot of man/woman with HIV now adays. a lot of them… and the use of drugs always exists with this type of business…

im sorry whatman if you think i was lecturing you. and I was not.

prostitution is definitely not something good, but between ‘unregulated prostitutes who go for sex with anyone’, and ‘registered prostitutes who go for sex with anyone, and is required to undergo health check regularly’, the second might be deemed lesser evil.

just open any Australian newspaper under the classifieds section
you will see hundreds of ‘advertisements’
starting price AUD 30

At least prostitution is legal now, say YES to Taiwan! ehehe… There will be no more Human trafficking and sexual slavery is defined as using coercion or force to transport an unwilling person into prostitution or other sexual exploitation. Legal mean the prostitute have a copy of medical record to show to his customer before having sex. Safe sex, use’lah condom…uhuhu :wink:

mevotex… +1

[quote=“Stef.com.au”]just open any Australian newspaper under the classifieds section
you will see hundreds of ‘advertisements’
starting price AUD 30[/quote]
Lt-Dan, i know that. it is called adult entertainment section.
theres adult entertainment law here, but it doesnt solve the problem making it lawful.
that is why you see other news headlines that says father/mother drugged their daughter to get her into prostitution.
its like making gambling legal. but it doesnt solve gambling problems