Skip to content. The bill says that outside those districts authorities can penalize prostitutes and their patrons. When sex work became illegal in after decades of the hush-hush tolerance typical of East Asia, authorities targeted the largely female sex worker population with fines, detentions and re-education campaigns. In , targeting prostitutes and not their patrons was declared unconstitutional. That law was due to expire on Nov.
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A Tokyo museum focusing on wartime sex slavery is holding an exhibition on how Taiwanese women exploited by the Japanese military have struggled to recover from their ordeals. Born in , Lu was brought to Hainan, China, at age 17 with around 40 females. She was supposed to work as a nurse, but she was instead confined in a row house with dozens of rooms where she was forced to have sex with around 15 soldiers a day. Because some soldiers refused to use condoms, she eventually became pregnant, but her baby died after 38 days.
Prostitution is set to be legal in Taiwan by the end of this year despite heated public debate. In July, the Taiwanese parliament passed a controversial draft bill allowing the establishment of red light districts. The bill allows sex to be sold openly in designated 'special sex trade' zones but will punish offenders outside of these zones. Regulating and managing the industry is creating fiery public debate and although 75 per cent of Taiwanese support a more liberal approach to prostitution, it appears no one wants it in their 'own backyard'.
A Tokyo museum focusing on wartime sex slavery is holding an exhibition on how Taiwanese women sexually exploited by the Japanese army have struggled to recover from their ordeals. The Women's Active Museum on War and Peace, better known as WAM, has collected documents and testimony on the sexual exploitation of Taiwanese women "to hand down to the next generation," said Eriko Ikeda, the museum's director. At the exhibition, dozens of panels show how Japan imposed its imperialist education on the island, ruled by Tokyo for half a century from , and how Taiwanese women, including members of the indigenous population, were forced to serve as sex slaves, euphemistically known in Japan as "comfort women," in Taiwan and elsewhere in Asia. Born in , Lu was brought to Hainan, China, at the age of 17 with around 40 women.