[quote]Adding to the impression that January 2002 was the month Taiwanese discovered sex was the release in Taiwan of a Japanese book Paradise in Taiwan. The book is a travel guide to the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung for Japanese sex tourists, giving the whereabouts, charges and services of the numerous brothels as well as details of where to pick up “freelance” prostitutes.
The book came as a huge embarrassment for Ma Ying-jeou, the mayor of Taipei who in September last year vowed to eradicate the sex trade from Taipei in two months. That the research for the Japanese book must have been done before Ma’s vow was a piece of logic that was overlooked in the furor the book caused. Ma has ambitions to lead his party and perhaps run for the presidency in 2004, so his failure to curb the sex trade was a useful stick for his opponents to beat him with.
Flustered, Ma said that any Japanese who came to Taipei to patronize prostitutes would be arrested and deported. When his city police chief pointed out that there was no law under which the patron of a prostitute could be charged (it is not illegal to buy sex in Taiwan, only to sell it, much to the disgust of many women’s rights groups - something which Ma as an ex-minister of justice should have been aware of) Ma’s credibility took another knock. [/quote]
In light of the fact that it is not illegal to buy sex in Taiwan, only to sell it, discussing on Forumosa buying sex is entirely legal. So could someone post those phone numbers for buying sex again? Of course, discussion of selling sex should not be allowed and should be swiftly censored, I mean, moderated. Any such discussion here should be no more illegal than the Japanese book Paradise in Taiwan, which as far as I can tell sells briskly.
I am serious about this, I’m not trying to bust Forumosa or its moderator’s balls, but I think its important to actively explore the edges of any society. That said, I don’t plan to visit those Tainan street hookers. A friend of mine caught a terrible case of the clap there. He went to a western doctor who told him they would need to amputate his penis. This was terrible news and he went to another hospital and they said the same thing. Finally, he sought out a chinese herbalist. The herbalist laughed and said, no there is no need to amputate. Just wait 2 weeks and it will fall off on its own…