Sex141 Hong Kong
Internet Pimps in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, prostitution is not illegal per se. However, living off the earnings of prostitution is against the law. Here is the relevant section of the law (via
‘Living on the earnings of prostitution of others’, Article 137 of the Penal Code, ‘Crimes’, CAP. 200
'(1) A person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on earnings of prostitution of another shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for ten (10) years.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a person who lives with or is habitually in the company of a prostitute, or who exercises control, direction or influence over another person’s movements in a way which shows he or she is aiding, abetting or compelling that other person’s prostitution with others, shall be presumed to be knowingly living on the earnings of prostitution, unless he or she proves the contrary.'
There is a court trial going on with a twist on the classical pimp role. The technological enabler is the Internet.
The following details are culled from, and .
The two individuals on trial are a 37-year-old male named Cheung and a 28-year-old named Chen. The two are accused of conspiring between March 1 to September 9, 2003 to profit from the earnings of prostitution.
According to the prosecutor, the two established a company known as KCMC Limited Company and used the name of the company to rent server space on the Hong Kong Internet Service Provider Newsbook Limited. They hired a web developer and launched the website This website is a sex directory for Hong Kong, in which girls are listed by district, apartment building, street addresses, age, physical measurement, service ratings and fee. Ini order to get listed, the girls have to pay HK$4, 000. This is a full-service operation as the men will show up at the 'workplace' to take photos and details, and then post the information into the directory. The website reportedly gets 100, 000 page views per day.
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