Thu, Jul 01, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Family papers teeming with sex ads: foundation

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

When you look in the newspaper for work, do you know what you're really getting into?

Many newspapers, according to the Taiwan Women's Rescue Foundation, include recruitment advertising for sexual services that may mislead young people looking for summer employment.

The foundation held a press conference yesterday calling on police, government departments, publishers and the general public to be on the lookout for newspaper sex ads.

A recent study by the foundation discovered that sex-related advertising is proliferating in newspapers.

In its survey of the Chinese-language dailies Liberty Times, United Daily News, the Apple Daily and the China Times on June 4 and June 5, the association uncovered 18,020 ads seeking or advertising sexual services.

"It's not that we're nitpicking. If you actually take the time to look at these ads, you'll see that a lot of them are incredibly blatant," foundation worker Chou Yi-ju (周憶如) said.

"We were shocked by the number and nature of the ads we found in only two days," she said.

The foundation showed sample ads to journalists, some of which included explicit references to sexual acts, body parts, schoolchildren and rates of pay for services provided.

Less obvious ads included wording such as "looking for male assistants."

The foundation said it was worried that this summer many senior high or junior high school students looking to newspaper ads for work might inadvertently answer sex ads.

Foundation executive director Wu Pei-ling (吳佩玲) called on newspapers to pay more attention to how they handled classified advertisements.

She cited the Child and Youth Sexual Transaction Prevention Act (兒童及少年性交易防制條例) and said that police and the government should launch a crackdown on the ads.

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