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Police try to help`Granny' prostitute find new support

AP , TAIPEI

An 82-year-old prostitute nicknamed "Grandma" was freed yesterday after being caught soliciting a client on the street, and police are trying to help get her out of the business.

The woman, whom police identified only by the surname Chiu, was arrested on Thursday after she took a 52-year-old man to her apartment in a red-light district of Taipei, police said.

Police say she probably is the oldest prostitute in Taipei.

Chiu has been arrested before but she went right back to work, charging customers as little as NT$300, police said. Younger prostitutes charge 10 or 20 times as much. Chiu has said her monthly welfare pay of NT$9,000 was inadequate.

Chiu is in good physical shape and with light makeup looked like a 70-year-old, one officer said.

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