The sex workers of Taiwan

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Legal Sex Workers in Taipei Declared Illegal by the Government
From Gary Wu, 25 September 1997. These 128 sex workers became the target of police arrest, daily surveillance and harassment; whereas before September 6, they had been the only prostitutes able to take recourse to the police and demand legal protection in case of client harassment and abuse.
Push to stamp out Taipei’s booming sex industry
By Lawrence Chung, The Straits Times, 14 December 2000. Campaign to clean up the city's sex industry. Previously, the city limited legal prostitution to a number of sex workers who plied their trade under the protection of an old decree enacted in the 50s. Authorities tried to help the legal sex workers change jobs, but achieved little success.
Taipei’s legal brothels shut
By Lawrence Chung, The Straits Times, 28 March 2001. The move ends a 50-year-old practice but observers say, given the high unemployment, it will only drive the business underground. The last of the legal prostitutes from authorised brothels held a ‘heaven-thanking' ritual for all those who had helped them fight for their working rights.