Saturday, March 2, 2024

From China to Singapore, a good girl in bad business

Immigration News

Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

st-thumbMirwais Jalazai – Singapore

She calls herself Jia Wang; pimps and customers call her so.

“I serve the low and the medal class,” said the round-faced blonde with gray eyes. “If the guys have money, they can have me for a night or an hour.” Depending on the nature of the service, her rates range from $ 50 to $ 70 for an hour.

Though women of other nationalities, including Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lankans, still lead the successful sex trade in Singapore, Wang said Chinese like her had pushed many of them out of business.

Jia which means (good) in Chinese language said a country woman named Wen Won, who worked as a prostitute in Geylang  and Orchard rood two  famous red light areas in Singapore, encouraged her to join the field.

On Orchard road, the success story of Singaporeans’ development, in a half dark café, In a pinky sexy short, with a half naked body Jia is completely covered by cigarettes smoke.

“My first customer paid me SGD 250 to accompany him overnight. He even took me on a night tour of Santosa.  The following customers were not as good as him. They treated me like a tool to satisfy their sexual desires and that made me feel terrible,” she said.

She said her last customer paid her  just to chat with her, saying that he wanted to gather information to write a book. “He gave me a book and advised me to quit the job. I couldn’t control myself and started crying,” she said.

“I told him that I’m ‘too dirty’ now and that my future is already gone,” she said.

Today is international sex workers’ day – a day to bring attention to the more than often exploitative conditions that those working in the industry have to face.

What’s the best way to protect sex workers and prevent sexual exploitation that is a question which is very hard to governments to answer it.

According to the international labor organization ( ILO) annually the income from forced labors reached the level of  $ 150 billion . And prostitution business has a oily  part in that income.

ILO says that $150 billion in profits by 21 million forced laborers around the world. You have many countries in the world, whose population and GDP do not even match these figures. We are talking about a vast nation of hidden people about whom we are not talking enough and about whom the time has come to take strong action.

Jia Wong is also a member of this huge family which is involved in prostitution business in that part of the world. She said she was misused by  others and now she is victim of that business and doesn’t know how to leave that field .

She said she began regretting her act and she was worried that she might be infected with HIV because she said before I start that business I had no  idea what is HIV and how dangerous is it for our life.

As a journalist when I first came to Singapore, I was a bit confused about prostitution. I thought it was illegal based on what little I knew about coming here.

We heard that Singapore has a strong government; I assumed it would be tightly controlled. However, after just a few weeks of living here and driving around at night, I soon learned the truth. Even the government is not care about how the young generation of this county is going to be in contact with HIV infected girls from poor south eastern Asian countries.

“The government of Singapore, a  country which means the country of lion knows that, they are lions they want to do business and attract more tourist to this country” she said.

There is dozens of prostitutes from several souths eastern countries in that read light district in Singapore this night, but nobody knows exactly how many chine’s women like  Jia  have been sold into sexual slavery.

Some girls like Jia are cheated by pimps and sold to traffickers. Others are abducted, raped and psychologically pummeled into submission.

As music blared from the loudspeakers in the dimly-lit cafe in Gylang area Jia’s cell phone rang.  Her response was short and straight,  (SHEDA SHEDA)“Yes, yes, I’m coming.”

 She stopped smoking cigarette and got up.  She had a customer to attend to, and a taxi was waiting in front of cafe.  I followed her outside, and before she left, one last question of mine was, did you want to leave your profession?

 The answer came, wrapped in loud laughter: “Never it is  my business now”.

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