Jan 20, 2015

Transgender sex workers face tide of abuse in China

Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Once there, police pulled at Xiao’s wig and punched her, before removing her bra and groping ...

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

Jan 16, 2015

Macau sex ring bust shows China expanding crackdown on graft

The arrest of a prominent Macau executive in the largest prostitution bust in the city’s history shows Chinese President Xi Jinping is broadening his crackdown on corruption to restrict even long-tolerated vices. Police in the former Portuguese colony arrested Alan Ho, handcuffing him and ...

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Nov 24, 2014

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial next year after psychiatric tests. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Rurik Jutting, who has undergone two weeks ...

Fear stalks Hong Kong sex workers after grisly murders

Nov 5, 2014

Fear stalks Hong Kong sex workers after grisly murders

by Jerome Taylor

Even on a weekday night, the bars of Hong Kong’s Wanchai red-light district are teeming. Stern-looking “mama-sans” supervise young women in miniskirts enticing possible customers with calls of “Hey, handsome” and “Let’s party.” In an upmarket apartment streets away from the neon-lit strip, two ...

Sep 4, 2014

Ex-prostitute marches on Paris for law to criminalize clients

A former prostitute began an 800-km (500-mile) march across France on Wednesday to demand that the French government make good on its promise to penalize clients. Rosen Hicher, 57, an activist for the group Survivors of Prostitution, is protesting that a law to fine ...

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

Jul 10, 2014

Google exec killed by call girl's heroin: police

An alleged high-end prostitute who is accused of injecting heroin into a Google executive on his yacht and leaving him to die after he overdosed appeared in court Wednesday on criminal charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destroying evidence and transporting a controlled substance. Alix Tichelman, ...

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...