No. 36 (9/1 - 9/15/98)

  1. Featured News: The First Anniversary of the Licensed Prostitutes' Struggle
  2. The Violence of an Older Brother and the Silence of the Parent
  3. Pinocchio to the Indonesian Government


  1. Featured News: The First Anniversary of the Licensed Prostitutes' Struggle.

    On the eve of the first anniversary of the licensed prostitutes' struggle, Taipei City Mayor Chen announced that the City would extend the subsidy for them for another year. Taipei Alliance of Licensed Prostitute organized a protest in front of the City Hall. By showering the Plaza with fake money, licensed prostitutes and their supporters refused to accept such a "bribe" right before the election. The Secretary in Chief stated that what Mayor Chen aimed at was simply a tactic to bind the licensed prostitutes with "fake benefits." The issue regarding the legality of licensing prostitution was not simply a decoy before election. The two years that the licensed prostitutes have demanded was meant to provide a cushion for transition; this issue was not to be used as a political decoy at the expenses of the citizenry tax money. (1998.9.3 China Times)

    Taipei Alliance of Licensed Prostitute went back to Pao-Dou-Li for a memorial of the first anniversary of their struggle. During the rally, they demanded answers to five questions they posed to Mayor Chen:

    1. Why this sudden change of benefit policy after one year?
    2. Why received those licensed prostitutes in person only until now? And, why did only four beneficiaries actually go?
    3. Why didn't he receive those who refused to accept the money?
    4. Who was the "outside force" oppressing licensed prostitutes?
    5. Why didn't Mayor Chen announce the two-year cushion plan after it was passed by the City Council?
    (1998.9.5 China Times)

  2. The Violence of an Older Brother and the Silence of the Parent

    After 9 long years of raping two biological sisters, Liu's charges were withdrawn by their knowing parents. The Municipal Courts of Shih-Lin has turned this case to the public prosecutor and demanded investigation of the parents' legal liability. (1998.9.8 China Times)

  3. Pinocchio to the Indonesian Government

    Several women's groups have gone to the Office of Economics and Trade of Indonesia in Taiwan to protest the continuous lies their government had been feeding the public with regarding the violence again Chinese women. To get the point across more forcefully, those women's groups presented a puppet Pinocchio to the representatives of the Indonesian government. (1998.9.15 China Times)


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