Sun, Nov 08, 2009 - Page 3 News List

MOI plans to decriminalize prostitution

‘OVERINTERPRETING’ The ministry announced the plans after penalties on prostitutes were declared unconstitutional, but one group said the officials were jumping the gun

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Tseng also voiced opposition to red light districts, worrying that it may mean punishing both sex workers and clients outside of the districts.

The Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters executive director Chung Chun-chu (鍾君竺) also supported the move, but said it wasn’t the end of the battle because the Council of Grand Justices did not clarify whether the sex industry should be decriminalized.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said Taipei was not suitable for a red light district.

“Every place is different. As for Taipei, I don’t think it’s suitable to set up a special district [for the sex industry] and I think Taipei City residents would oppose such a district,” he said.

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