7/12/2008

[转载]法新社:北京打击色情业以防玷污奥运



(AFP:Chinese prostitutes awaiting customers at a brothel in a Shanghai neighbourhood)

【法新社北京7月10日电】同无数其他北京妓女一样,“凯莉”认为五环象征着大把大把的金钱。她希望这个城市下个月举办奥运会时,能大赚一笔。

但现在,这些梦想能否成真令人质疑,因为警方发起了旨在防止色情行业使奥运蒙羞的攻势。

这名23岁、似乎无家可归的女孩说:“警察现在突然比以前难对付多了,我们不得不加倍小心。”她坐在一家昏暗的酒吧里,一边说一边用手搅着一杯兑了水的酒。这家酒吧以前有很多性工作者经常光顾,但在最近的一个周六的晚上,这里却非常冷清。

这项扫黄行动已使很多最有名的酒吧及其他—些卖淫中心关闭。

凯莉来自邻近北京的省份,她不愿说出自己的中文名字。她说,很多跟她在一起工作的性工作者最近被警方拘留,然后被遣送回原籍。

凯莉说:“我们不得不小心。如果我被赶出北京,就没法再回来,因为警方已经在进京的路上设置了重重关卡。”凯莉原来在酒店大堂兜揽生意,但被赶了出来。

这项扫黄行动是中国最近实行的一项全面整改行动的一部分,该行动旨在把北京不太好的东西遮盖起来,至少在奥运会结束前是这样。其他一些行动还包括严禁运动员服用兴奋剂,甚至还有不准公众随地吐痰和随便插队等。

凯莉说,收紧对外国人的签证发放,并增加对他们的签证抽查,这样做明显是为了减少对奥运会的安全威胁,这也将很多来自蒙古、俄罗斯等邻国的外国妓女清除了出去。

一名男子接电话时说:“我们因消防检查暂时停业。

奥运会结束后重新开业。”他工作的酒吧位于北京使馆区,通常这里到晚上就会挤满从蒙古来的“流莺”。

这家酒吧的前门因消防检查而被上锁,大约持续3个月。

观察家说,中国定期举行扫黄行动,但没有一次像京城最近这次一样。

一家性旅游类网站上的一个帖子说:“这个城市现在开始进行大清理了”,“很多有名的(卖淫)场所都被列为打击目标,警方会经常进行突击检查。很多已经关闭”。

这些突击检查行动似乎是以较明显的卖淫场所为目标,北京奥运期间能不能做到无色情服务仍需拭目以待。

来源:《参考消息》 2008-07-12
题:外电报道:北京开展大规模扫黄行动
http://ckxx.org.cn/other/other2008071217/

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原文:

Beijing moves to stop vice industry staining Games

July 10, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) — Like countless other Beijing prostitutes, "Kelly" had viewed the Olympic rings as akin to dollar signs, expecting a big pay-day as the city shifts into party mode for next month's Games.

But those dreams are in doubt now thanks to a police offensive aimed at preventing the city's rollicking sex industry from tarnishing the Games.

"The police are suddenly much more formidable now. We have to be very careful," the waif-like 23-year-old said, stirring a watered-down drink in a dim bar frequented by sex workers but notably empty on a recent Saturday night.

The crackdown has closed up many of the most notorious bars and other prostitution centres.

Kelly, who hails from nearby Hebei province and declined to give her Chinese name, said many of her fellow sex workers had recently been thrown in jail before being sent back to their home provinces.

"We have to be careful. If I get thrown out of Beijing, I won't be able to get back in because police are putting up roadblocks into Beijing," said Kelly, who formerly prowled hotel lobbies but was chased out by management.

The crackdown is part of a hurried makeover aimed at sweeping the city's less savoury elements under the rug, at least until the August 8-24 Games conclude, and which has seen campaigns against drug offenders and even spitting and queue-jumping by the general public.

Tighter controls and more frequent checks on the visas of foreigners -- apparently aimed at preventing security threats to the Games -- have also cleared out the many prostitutes from neighbouring Mongolia and Russia, Kelly said.

"We are closed for fire inspection. Come back after the Olympics," said a man who answered the phone at Maggie's, a bar in the city's embassy district normally filled nightly with freelancing Mongolian hookers.

Its front door has been padlocked for about three months for the "fire inspection".

Basically stamped out during the puritanical Mao Zedong era, prostitution flourishes in today's more open China, with estimates of the country's sex workers ranging as high as 10 million or more.

Sex workers ply their trade with virtual impunity in bars, massage spas, karaoke parlours and the "barber shops" that are found in many Beijing back alleys and which have nothing to do with haircuts.

Male travellers typically receive phone calls shortly after checking into Chinese hotel rooms, asking whether they want a girl sent up.

Periodic anti-prostitution campaigns have been launched but nothing like the capital's current operation, say observers.

"The city is in big clean-up mode," said a posting last month on the website Internationalsexguide.info, which bills itself as "The Internet's Largest Sex Travel forum" and features graphic, member-submitted updates on where to buy sex.

"All the known (prostitution) spots are being targeted and raided constantly. Many have closed," it said.

The raids seem to have targetted the more obvious prostitution centres, and it remains to be seen whether the Games will be sex-free.

Hotels, for example, typically offer discreet sexual services in the guise of in-room "massages".

But such campaigns only shift the problem, said Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander, China country representative for the Joint United Nations on HIV/AIDS.

"If you drive it underground everything gets much more out of control. The likelihood of promoting condom use is reduced or there may be violence against women, which makes them more vulnerable," he said.

Not to worry, said Otka, a Mongolian prostitute whose thick, sparkling purple eye-shadow glittered brightly in a dark bar and who claimed rather improbably to be 28 years young.

"It has been a big trouble, but it won't last long," she said.

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