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Chinese sex workers face horrifying abuse: Report

Published on May 14, 2013 6:54 PM
 
A police officer stands while holding handcuffs during a police crackdown action on prostitution in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Sept 12, 2012. Chinese sex workers are being subject to widespread abuse by authorities, including beatings and torture in police custody and detention without trial, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Chinese sex workers are being subjected to widespread abuse by authorities, including beatings and torture in police custody and detention without trial, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

"Sex workers are treated as if they have no rights," the international watchdog's China director Sophie Richardson told a press conference in Hong Kong during the launch of a report on the subject.

"Rather than being protected by police, sex workers are regularly subjected to beatings, ill-treatment and torture in custody," she said, adding they could be detained in "re-education through labour" camps for up to two years without trial.

"I was beaten until I turned black and blue because I wouldn't admit to prostitution," said one woman, named Xiao Yue in was quoted as saying in the report.

 
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