The lives of Italy's Chinese prostitutes




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Posted by Ed 36 days ago
Female migrants quit factory labour for sex work to survive and provide a better life for relatives back home.
 
 
 
 
Milan, Prato, Rome and Venice, Italy - Wearing a knee-length winter coat, Xiaoyan* waits for her next client near the main train station in Venice. Clinging to her bag, she looks like any other bundled-up passer-by in the evening cold.
 

But the 45-year-old Chinese woman from the Zhejiang province, on the country's eastern coast, has been working as a prostitute for the past three years.
 

She arrived in Italy in 2007 and, like many of her compatriots, initially found work in small clothes and footwear businesses.
 

With an estimated 300,000 Chinese nationals, Italy hosts the largest diaspora community in the European Union.
 

Xiaoyan is gaunt but has a delicate appearance, with shoulder-length black hair and a short fringe. She lived in Civitanova Marche, a central city, before heading north.
 

"I used to work in small Chinese-run footwear enterprises, making around 1,000 euros ($1,123) a month," she said, her voice barely above a whisper.
 

"Shifts were non-stop. I hardly slept. When orders arrived, I even worked up to 24 hours. I could not cope with that any longer. I wasn't able to keep the pace any more."
 

In China, Xiaoyan was a stay-at-home mother, looking after her two children. But her family needed money, so she left.
 

People of rural origin in China have reported being denied basic rights and benefits. A household registration system known as hukou determines citizens' access to education and social welfare. Leaving the village becomes the only way for rural migrants to secure a better future.
 

After a challenging trip financed with loans from relatives and friends for a tourist visa, Xiaoyan eventually reached Italy.
 
  
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/exploited-turn-lives-italys-chinese-prostitutes-190406220713228.html



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Ed 36 days ago
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