Prostitution Scandals in China: Policing, Media and Society

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Routledge, Jun 14, 2012 - Social Science - 196 pages

Prostitution Scandals in China presents an examination of media coverage of prostitution-related scandals in contemporary China. It demonstrates that the subject of prostitution is not only widely debated, but also that these public discussions have ramifications for some of the key social, legal and political issues affecting citizens of the PRC. Further, this book shows how these public discussions impact on issues as diverse as sexual exploitation, civil rights, government corruption, child and youth protection, policing abuses, and public health.

In this book Elaine Jeffreys highlights China’s changing sexual behaviours in the context of rapid social and economic change. Her work points to changes in the nature of the PRC’s prostitution controls flowing from media exposure of policing and other abuses. It also illustrates the emergence of new and legally based conceptions of rightful citizenship in China today, such as children’s rights, the right to privacy, work, sex, and health, and the rights of citizens to claim legal redress for losses and injuries experienced as the result of unlawful acts by state personnel.

Prostitution Scandals in China will be of great interest to students and scholars across a range of diverse fields including Chinese culture and society, gender studies and media and communication studies.


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"Highly recommended for readers interested in contemporary China and Chinese politics... For those who want to understand the inherent contradictions between the reality of the sex industry and official policies, the ambivalence of the Chinese state and the public towards prostitution, as well as the positive and negative effects of increased media attention on the issue, this book is a great resource." (Agnes Khoo 2014 Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review, ( 


1 Prostitution policing and the media in reformera China
Chinas contemporary chastity heroes
Chinas growing sex market
Chinas first samesex prostitution case
Chinas whoring professor case
Chinas virgin prostitute cases
Chinas prostitution parade
Chinas 100 Per Cent Condom Use Program
9 Concluding remarks

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Elaine Jeffreys is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the China Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney.

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