[quote=“The Taipei Times”]Local residents and officials from Mailiao Township yesterday expressed their bewilderment at the interest Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) showed in their sex industry when she visited Yunlin County on an inspection tour on Sunday.
“Is [Mailiao] very desolate? I heard that the sex industry flourishes at night. Where are those places exactly?” Lu asked township head Lin Shih-chung (林世崇).[/quote]
And the Lu-natic is not wrong on this one - the town consists of SE Asian working girls, dirt-poor hicks, gangsters and Formosa Plastics (they of the famous Filipino riots and deportations). The FP factory enclosure is miles long on each side and belts out noxious fumes day and night. The flat country(!)side around there is the most polluted I’ve seen in Taiwan, and that’s saying something. I helped a friend move there from Tainan when he got a short-term contract working for FP teaching their engineers English. NT$90,000 a month for two teaching hours a day (honestly!) and still he couldn’t wait to get out of there.
I will concede that there might be places worse than Mailiao. But I’ve seen a lot of shitty small towns in central and south Taiwan and none of them have quite the level of pollution, evil labour practices and scary f*cking gangsters that Mailiao does. Maybe we should get together on a road trip and settle this once and for all. Hellholes of Taiwan '06 - who’s coming with me?