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No grace period for violators of amended law on sex trade: NPA

No grace period for violators of amended law on sex trade: NPA

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) There will be no grace period following the implementation Sunday of a law amendment that bans sex trade outside of designated districts, the National Police Agency (NPA) said. Except for prostitutes who are already licensed, anyone found to be involved in sex trade before red-light districts have been designated will be subject to a maximum fine of NT$30,000 (US$999), said NPA Secretary-General Chen Kuo-en. The penalty will apply to sex providers as well as their clients, he stressed. Chen said law enforcement authorities will take three months to publicize the amendments to Article 80 of the Social Order Maintenance Act. However, during that time, violators will still be subject to punishment, he said. The amendments, which were passed Nov. 4, legalize engagement in the trade of sex services within designated areas. It also allows for the punishment of clients, not just providers as was previously the case. Under the new regulations, procurers and brothel owners are also allowed to operate within designated areas. If they take the trade outside these areas, they could be subject to fines of between NT$10,000 and NT$50,000 and detention of three to five days. Interior Minister Jiang Yi-huah said before the passage of the amendments that licensed sex workers would be allowed to continue business at their current locations until the special red-light districts have been set up in various cities and counties under the new regulations. (By Johnson Sun and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-02-28 02:45 GMT+08:00