January 28, 2007
Tsinghua professor calls for legalization of prostitution
I thought that headline would get your attention. In this case it's a Tsinghua professor who can speak a little more freely than perhaps others can; he's my countryman Daniel Bell, now in Tsinghua's philosophy department. One very interesting thing his article reveals is that in 1992, a delegation of PRC officials went on a tour of state-sanctioned brothels in Singapore. This might not strike anyone as unusual, but I mean they went officially.
I have a previous post on this subject here.
[Jan. 30th addendum]
Incidentally, here's a proposal circulated within China last summer to have the NPC Standing Committee review China's laws against pornography and prostitution for unconstitutionality. Maybe not the most convincing legal argument, but this is really just a policy proposal in disguise. Thanks to Keith Hand for the reference.
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