Couple arrested in China for running gay prostitution bar
September 22, 2003
BEIJING — A couple in east China's Nanjing city has been arrested for
running a gay bar offering male prostitutes, still a rarity in
China, Chinese media reported Friday.
The Beijing Legal Times said the prostitutes, who were
heterosexual, were pressured into having sex with the clients
because the bar owners refused to return deposits they had to pay
to work in the club.
The prostitutes were chosen for their youthful appearance, the
The bar owners were so bold that they ran advertisements in
local newspapers seeking "male public relations" staff – a
pseudonym for prostitutes.
Each prostitute could earn 200 yuan (24 dollars) per client, but
part of the payment was taken by the bar owners.
In a society where many homosexuals remain closeted – and, like
the male bar owner, marrying and leading straight lives to avoid
social ridicule – the demand for male prostitutes is high.
In just a matter of months, the bar owners earned 124,700 yuan
(15,000 dollars) and business at the bar was booming, the report
Police arrested the couple on August 17. If convicted, they face
a penalty of five to 10 years behind bars, the Legal Times said. –Sapa-AFP
Gay unions will remain banned in China