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Taichung disciplines employee for using call girl site at work

Staff writer, with CNA

A Greater Taichung Government Mortuary Services Office employee has been disciplined and transferred from his post after it was discovered he used a computer at work to visit a call girl Web site and ask for the price of hiring a prostitute.

City officials on Tuesday said that the employee, identified only by his surname, Lee (李), was given two major demerits.

Department of Personnel director Lin Yuh-bey (林煜焙) described Lee’s actions as “inappropriate behavior that damages the reputation of the government and all public servants.”

Earlier in the day, Democratic Progressive Party Greater Taichung Councilor Hsieh Chih-chung (謝志忠) held a press conference to reveal a “citizen’s report” about Lee’s inappropriate computer use.

Producing photographs of Lee’s contact with the illicit business using instant messaging beginning at 1:39pm on Feb. 10, a Monday, Hsieh said Lee had damaged the image of the municipal government.

“Public servants are ordering call girls on the job. There is no government in Taichung,” Hsieh said.

He urged voters to replace long-time Greater Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), who has declared his intention to run for re-election in November.

During an investigation, Lee admitted he had visited the Web site at work and asked about call girl pricing “purely out of curiosity,” but denied placing an order.

Hu responded to the incident later in the day, saying that Lee’s behavior violated laws governing public servants. He promised to discipline any similar offenses.

The sex trade is legally allowed in designated areas under Article 91-1 of the Social Order Maintenance Act (社會秩序維護法), but no city or county government has yet permitted red light districts.

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