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Prostitution in contemporary China - the case of Shanghai Jiading

  • Niklas Dougherty
Publishing year: 2006
Language: English
Document type: Student publication for Master's degree (one year)


Sex trade in China resurfaced with the economic reforms of Deng Xiaoping in 1978, and has since evolved to an industry of gigantic scale. This paper analyzes the prostitution in China in a social, economic, political, and historical context, with a special emphasis on Shanghai. The problem posed is how to strike a balance between the positive and negative effects of prostitution. The solution proposed in the final analysis aims at achieving this golden mean.



  • Law and Political Science
  • Languages and Literatures
  • Kinesiska och språk från Syd- och Sydostasien
  • Chinese
  • Languages of South and South-East Asia
  • harm reduction
  • decriminalization
  • legalization
  • traditionalism
  • economic disparity
  • ekonomiska reformer
  • economic reforms
  • aids
  • prostitution
  • Jiading
  • Shanghai
  • Kina
  • China
  • Civil and criminal procedure
  • Processrätt
  • Social problems and welfare
  • national insurance
  • Sociala problem
  • social välfärd
  • socialförsäkring


  • Lars Ragvald (professor emeritus)