Selling bodies/selling pleasure: the social organisation of sex work in Taiwan

Mei-Hua Chen

in International approaches to prostitution

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346728
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302612 | DOI:
Selling bodies/selling pleasure: the social organisation of sex work in Taiwan

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This chapter looks at Taiwan, where licensing of some forms of prostitution was replaced in the 1990s by increased criminalisation of some activities associated with prostitution. In particular, it describes the historical development of prostitution in Taiwan, the legal and feminist responses to prostitution, and some projections on the future of prostitution in Taiwan. Moreover, a sketch of commercial sex in Taiwan is provided. Currently, the major regulations regarding prostitution include criminal law, the Social Order Maintenance Act (SOM), and the Act for Prevention of Child and Juvenile Involvement in Commercial Sex (PCJICS). Moreover, the debates on legalisation and decriminalisation, and their relevance, are reported. It is suggested that the government should locate prostitution in a more extensive social context in which class, gender, and sexuality are seen to intertwine in the shaping of prostitution.

Keywords: prostitution; Taiwan; commercial sex; criminal law; Social Order Maintenance; commercial sex; legalisation; decriminalisation

Chapter.  7349 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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