TAIWAN THIS week began legal moves to decriminalise prostitution after continued pressure from sex workers and the public.
The island, which outlawed prostitution 11 years ago, is still rife with underground sex workers in bars and clubs and situated on the upper floors of high-rise buildings.
The CEO of The Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters, Chung Chun-tsu, said the move was "something the public has wanted for 12 years".
A Taiwanese government spokesman, Su Jun-Pin, expressed the official line a little more confusingly. "It's like fishing," Su said, "the activity may be legal but in some places you can't do it."
Hmmm, as if that remark wasn't angling for some head-scratching, he finished his official statement by adding that while, under current legislation, prostitutes are punished: "Now the client gets off free ...".
Folklaw wonders if his statement may have been translated on tiscali.co.uk a little incorrectly?