|Interview with a pimp and a sex worker|
|Written by Peter M|
|Thursday, 10 May 2007|
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Interviews with a sex worker and a pimp.
These interviews were conducted whilst making a short film about sex workers. However, the participants did not want the film to be available to the public in general, as they were worried it may compromise their identities. The interviews were originally conducted in Cantonese and then translated into English.
Interview with a pimp
†We organise the girls from China into Hong Kong and then arrange for them to work at the various facilities.
We usually contact the bosses of nightclubs and ask them to introduce some girls to us. The girls who work with us already also refer their friends to come to Hong Kong.
Our relationship with the girls is like a partnership. The most important thing about this trade is the girls. We canít survive without them. However, itís not like a typical person says. They do not work for us. Weíre just in a partnership. We work for money together.
Typically, we chat to them to understand the reasons why they are upset once they are here. Maybe the customers are rude. Because in the end, they (the sex workers) are still humans, they have feelings too. We do our best to understand what the problem is in hope that they will feel better.
That is unfair to us. People the outside this trade may think we are using the girls to make money. Yet if the girls came here and there werenít any of us, then they donít have any way to work in the facilities. Actually, our working hours are longer than the typical person. During the day, we might have to arrange work for the girls. At night we have to meet with the bosses. Itís a lot of work.
Our relationship with the police is quite conflicting. For the past few years, the police have really targeted us. Sometimes they can be quite overboard when they are here. For example after they have arrested all the girls, they might destroy our surveillance cameras or even pour mouthwash on the beds or water on the video camera.
The current situation is very difficult. To be honest the police are right in doing their duties- but do they have to be so harsh? Currently the police may come every two or three days. It is like they arrest a girl for everyone that I find. If this continues in the long term, this trade in Hong Kong will eventually disappear. The only solution is if the police donít target this trade too harshly. Maybe come once or twice a month; that will change the situation.
I like it. Although this business is difficult, it brings me more income than average. I make less money now than compared to the past, but I still make enough to get by. I thought about changing careers because this trade has been targeted really badly in the last few years. Sometimes I think there is not much hope left for this trade. If one day I really think this business is no longer feasible, then I will switch fields.
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