For a while, I volunteered with an NGO for female sex workers in Tianjin, a prosperous port city south of Beijing, where I discovered how massive the sex industry had become. Having travelled to the PRC in order to conduct research, however, this interest almost inevitably became fused to more pragmatic considerations. Chinese police categorise prostitution practices according to a descending hierarchy of seven tiers, though this typology does not exhaust the forms of practices that exist. Consequently, those responsible for managing the activities that occurred within the venue had decided not to liaise between any 'hostesses' and patrons for the next couple of days. This deconstructive strategy entails bringing the impossible dream of providing a 'perfect translation', and the controversial identity politics that have shaped our readings of China, into question. Chinese police have, however, proven unable to effectively police higher tier prostitution practices.
Chapter three begins to re-situate accounts of the nexus between sexuality and power in the PRC by focusing on the example of prostitution as an internationally contested sex-related legal issue.
Prostitution in China
Uganda's Director of Interpol Asan Kasingye estimates that thousands of women from Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda were trafficked in to work as prostitutes in China, Indonesia and Malaysia. Yoga ball murderer was a manipulative, bullying husband: To begin with, pressure on job security, especially in relation to female employment, has undoubtedly been building in the PRC ever since managers were given the power to dismiss workers in Venues typically include hotels, karaoke venues and beauty salons. As far as Hershatter is concerned, the Party secretary's refusal to acknowledge that prostitution is shaped by changing labour market conditions is replicated in the growing literature on the rising transient population in China's major cities.