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Prostitution: Old profession, new debate | The Economist
But plenty of people in what is still a sexually conservative society disagree, and the subject is highly politicised. Many government officials would approve of legalisation to help spur the economy, but few will say so out loud, says Pan Suiming of Renmin University’s Institute for Sexuality and Gender in Beijing.

Ms Ye has some prominent allies. Chi Susheng, a lawyer, says China should build red-light districts, license sex workers, and standardise regulations to prevent the spread of HIV. She cites the example of Taiwan, which decriminalised prostitution in designated red-light districts last year, and Sweden, where prostitutes can register to pay taxes. Since 2003, Ms Chi has submitted three proposals to legalise prostitution to the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament. All have failed.

china  today  legal  social  debate 
november 2012 by aries1988
Plenty to Hide
Does government surveillance matter if you're not doing anything illegal? It's a tricky question that privacy advocate Jay Stanley has studied for years. He breaks down why privacy matters, even if you have "nothing to hide."
privacy  debate  legal  government 
august 2012 by aries1988
Illegal downloading and media investment: Spotting the pirates | The Economist
File-sharing rates vary hugely from country to country—with consequences for local media industries and global cultural trade
piracy  internet  legal 
august 2012 by aries1988

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