14 Jul '11, 11am

Taiwan moves to allow red-light districts; moves to decriminalise sex trade

TAIPEI - TAIWAN'S cabinet on Thursday passed a bill to allow red-light districts as the island moves to regulate and decriminalise the sex trade. Under the proposal, regional governments can set up and manage special sex trade zones while sex workers can be fined up to Tw$30,000 (S$1,266) for plying their trade elsewhere, with their clients and pimps liable to the same penalty. The bill, yet to be approved by parliament, was introduced after the constitutional court scrapped a much-criticised regulation that punished only prostitutes while letting their clients go free. The interior ministry, in charge of drafting the bill, has said the majority of the public are in favour of conditionally opening up the sex industry so the authorities can better regulate it. The ministry dropped an earlier plan to allow small-scale brothels without zoning because it would be too difficult...

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