This required all brothels to be registered and inmates to undergo regular health checks. In Hong Kong, with a population of thousand,  boasted legal brothels with over 7, licensed prostitutes.
From that time on, prostitution was permitted within strict limits while prohibiting a whole host of activities surrounding prostitution, such as soliciting for sex and living off "immoral earnings" working as a pimp.
Until the s, most Hong Kong underground sex establishments were run by gangsters. There was an influx of "northern girls" Chinese: As a result, gangsters could no longer make a profit by coercion and their controlling power declined.
To attract attention, brothels were displaying large street number plates, and the area became known as "Big Number Brothels". The Tanka did not marry with the Chinese; being descendants of the natives, they were restricted to the waterways. They supplied their women as prostitutes to British sailors and assisted the British in their military actions around Hong Kong.
Correspondence respecting the alleged existence of Chinese slavery in Hong Kong: These Tan-ka people of the Canton river are the descendants of a tribe of aborigines pushed by advancing Chinese civilisation to live on boats on the Canton river, being for centuries forbidden by law to live on shore. The Emperor Yung Ching A.
These Tan-ka people were the secret but trusty allies of foreigners from the time of the East India Company to the present day.
They furnished pilots and supplies of provisions to British men-of-war and troop ships when doing so was by the Chinese Government declared treason, unsparingly visited with capital punishment. They invaded Hong Kong the moment the Colony was opened, and have ever since maintained here a monopoly, so to say, of the supply of Chinese pilots and ships' crews, of the fish trade, the cattle trade, and especially of the trade in women for the supply of foreigners and of brothels patronised by foreigners.
Almost every so-called "protected woman," i. It is among these Tan-ka women, and especially under the protection of those "protected T;in-ka women, that private prostitution and the sale of girls for purposes of concubinage flourishes, being looked upon by them as their legitimate profession. Consequently, almost every "protected woman keeps a nursery of purchased children or a few servant girls who are being reared with a view to their eventual disposal, according to their personal qualifications, either among foreigners here as kept women, or among Chinese residents as their concubines, or to be sold for export to Singapore, San Francisco, or Australia.
Those protected women, moreover, generally act as protectors each to a few other Tan-ka women who live by sly prostitution. The latter, again, used to be preyed upon—till quite recently His Excellency Governor Hcnnessy stopped this fiendish practice—by informers paid with Government money, who would first debauch such women and then turn round against them charging them before the magistrate as keepers of unlicensed brothels, in which case a heavy fine would be inflicted, to pay which these women used to sell their own children, or sell themselves into bondage worse than slavery, to the keepers of the brothels licensed by Government.
Whenever a sly brothel was broken up these keepers would crowd the sheriff's office of the police court or the visiting room to the Government Lock Hospital to drive their heartless bargains, which were invariably enforced with the weighty support of the Inspectors of brothels appointed by Government under the Contagious Diseases Ordinance. The more this Ordinance was enforced the more of this buying and selling of human flesh went on at the very doors of Government offices.
It is amongst these outcasts of Chinese society that the worst abuses of the Chinese system of domestic servitude exist, because that system is here unrestrained by the powers of traditional custom or popular opinion. This class of people, mustering perhaps here in Hong Kong not more than 2, persons, are entirely beyond the argument of this essay. They form a class of their own, readily recognised at a glance. They are disowned by Chinese society, whilst they are but parasites on foreign society.
The system of buying and selling female children and of domestic servitude with which they must be identified is so glaring an abuse of legitimate Chinese domestic servitude that it calls for corrective measures entirely apart from any considerations connected with the general body of Chinese society. Karayuki-san Japanese prostitutes called Karayuki-san , many coming from poor villages in Kyushu , started coming to Hong Kong in , and constituted the majority of Japanese residents of the territory in the s and s.
There were 13 licensed Japanese brothels and prostitutes in Hong Kong in , with the figure reaching a peak of in Initially located in Central, the Japanese brothels later moved to Wan Chai.
Usually pimps or gangsters are not involved and the prostitute will loiter in the street in search of customers. After a deal is struck, they would go to a love hotel. Before the Asian financial crisis in , street prostitutes would offer a "set course" of services; after that, the set price dropped by half.
In more down-market accommodation the concierge may ask customers if they require company. American and other European prostitutes generally charge higher and are generally located in the business district of Central. An apartment in Kowloon with a sticker for the website sex.
By Hong Kong law it is illegal for two or more prostitutes to work in the same premises. This law however has little influence on the density of prostitute activity, the nature of Hong Kong housing meaning that entire floors of some buildings or even whole apartment blocks may consist of one woman brothels, with in some the letter of the law being adhered to by the subdivision of flats into multiple individual dwellings.
Saunas and massage parlours: Ostensibly these are regular saunas with the management turning a blind eye to other services the masseuses may offer. Usually the "menu" on offer will fall just short of vaginal intercourse , with manual stimulation with hands "hand-job" , breasts "milk-job" or "Russian" and oral sex "BJ" being amongst the services available after negotiation. The term nightclub in Hong Kong is being driven from general use for being used as a euphemism for hostess clubs.
Hostesses receive a basic retainer and commission for having customers buy expensive drinks, customers pay the club for the privilege of taking the girls out by paying a "bar fine" and buying out the girls "time", whatever comes after being a matter of negotiation between the customer and hostess.
A similar format can be found at some karaoke lounges with private rooms. Those that operate under the front of internet cafes have also existed but all were shut down in The growth of the Internet has facilitated a practice similar to " compensated dating " with amateur prostitutes offering their services on message boards and forums. CNN reported that students, often teenagers, sell sex so they can buy consumer goods such as cell phones and clothes.
Hong Kong social worker Chiu Tak-Choi said that most girls who engage in compensated dating don't view themselves as prostitutes. Migrant sex work Thailand and Philippines[ edit ] Another major aspect of this trade is migrant sex workers. These sex workers are particularly visible in the Wan Chai district, catering mainly to Western businessmen and tourists. The sex workers operating in this area are predominantly Thai including transsexuals and Filipino.
Ziteng campaigns for changes in the law, in particular the overturn of ban on brothels with more than one prostitute, since this prevents sex workers banding together for protection. Many migrant sex workers arrive on a short tourist visa and try to make as much as money as possible by prostituting illegally before leaving Hong Kong, some returning frequently.
There are also "underground" organisations such as Thai restaurants and escort bars that arrange for foreign usually Thai and mainland girls to gain work in Hong Kong legally with an entertainment visa, but in fact they actually work in go-go bars in Wan Chai or other hostess clubs around Hong Kong.
It is reported that with RMB10,—20,, mainland Chinese girls would normally secure a three-month visa. The necessity to make money quickly also means that the sex workers are more likely to take risks. Prices are lower than for girls who target the tourist hotels, variations in price being a product of location, with those working within the corridor formed by Nathan Road being on the whole higher than that found in the towns of the New Territories.
Legal issues[ edit ] Prostitution in Hong Kong is legal, but subject to various restrictions, mainly intended to keep it away from the public eye. In practice, a woman on the street in certain areas well known for streetwalkers such as Sham Shui Po might well be arrested even if seen smiling at a male passer-by. Time Out records it as the 36th most popular website in Hong Kong. This gives rise to the so-called "one-woman brothel" where one woman receives customers in her apartment, which is restricted by Section , which prohibits young persons to engage in prostitution.
So, many prostitutes in Hong Kong are "one for one" girls. To avoid the operation of an illegal brothel, triads will purchase apartments in certain apartment blocks — usually older tenements — for subdivision, and "sublet" them for amounts several times the prevailing rent for equivalent-sized units so that the letter of the law is complied with. The girls advertise their services on web sites or in local publications.
Informal, individual prostitution mostly of Filipinas, Indonesians, Thais, and sometimes women from Latin America and the former Soviet Union is almost always available at discos or hotel bars, especially in the Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai districts the latter famous as the setting for The World of Suzie Wong.
Occasionally the police raid the triad-run prostitution setups, but usually the only arrests made are for immigration violations.