A New Class of Chinese Escorts
November 1, 2010
Women in universities and aspiring professionals looking to advance themselves amid China's economic boom are increasingly turning to sex work, advocates and academics in Beijing say. This semester, at least two universities have banned students from working as escorts and mistresses.
"More and more, students are making this choice, taking a shortcut to a better life," said Lan Lan, a former sex worker who now runs an organization to raise HIV awareness and distribute condoms. "They find a rich lover, post services on the Internet, or just walk into a high-end club and sell themselves."
Students reluctant to see themselves as sex workers can be lax about protected sex, Lan said. "If they're trying to become a mistress, they won't take a condom when they go to meet this man," she said. "They want to show their purity and loyalty."
"Most of the girls are financially comfortable, but they see their classmates carrying Louis Vuitton or Gucci bags, and they're jealous," said "Student Ding," who takes a 10 percent commission for linking moneyed men with students. These men would find cruising karaoke bars and hotels for prostitutes degrading and time-consuming, he said. "They don't have time and they don't know how to find them. They can't drive their posh cars around campus asking girls if they want to be their mistresses," he said. "I act as a bridge."
Los Angeles Times
10.21.2010; Megan K. Stack
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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