Police raided a gigolo training center in Panchiao and arrested nine of the school's operators for overcharging students, officials said yesterday. \nThe operators allegedly inflated tuition bills by adding in expensive clothes and mobile phones, police officer Liu Tai-shun said. They were also accused of having links to organized crime, Liu said. \nClasses were held in an apartment building in Panchiao, Liu said. \nDuring the raid on Wednesday night, police officers seized fancy clothes, earrings and lecture notes as evidence, officers said. \nThe school's operators ran classified ads offering ``well-paid moonlighting jobs'' and collected up to NT$200,000 for several weeks of training courses, police said. \n"The ads had good results. The school received more than 200 applications in just two weeks," Liu said. \nMen can legally work as hosts in bars and clubs, but it's illegal to solicit sex from customers. \nA local newspaper reported that the school gave lectures on eloquence, posture, dancing and popular games played at gigolo bars for the potential "male public relations workers," a Taiwanese term for gigolos. \n"They were also lectured on taboos at the bars, such as wearing white socks, smoking while walking or walking across the dance floor," it said.
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
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