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As he walked towards the taxi stand a young woman fell into step beside him. They had a brief conversation. She was rebuffed. Another lady accosted him, then another. By the time the visitor got away he had fought off four prostitutes. I watched this scene repeated several times in the space of a few minutes while parked outside waiting for a friend one evening. There were two dozen young women hanging about the entrance.
The word in Beijing is that about prostitutes "work" the Sheraton and the police leave them alone if there is no trouble or muggings of clients. As dusk falls groups of young women in slit skirts gather by the entrance looking for clients. Despite official disapproval, prostitution is thriving in hotels, karaoke lounges, massage parlours, saunas, bath houses and barber shops throughout China.
Disguising brothels as barber shops is an ancient Asian tradition which has been revived. Recently Beijing Express, a daring television programme by Chinese standards, used a hidden camera to show a reporter being offered a "special" massage in a hairdressing salon which had a staff of three pretty women but no scissors or hair-dryers.
The police later visited the establishment and arrested the employees, but the authorities seem to be fighting a losing battle against a tidal wave of prostitution which has accompanied the opening of the country to a brash consumer culture. A women can make more from one successful encounter with a foreign or wellheeled Chinese client outside a Beijing Hotel than in a week working in a department store.
Any male who travels around China finds that the sex trade is widespread and takes many forms. One businessmen said he was taken to a banquet by his host-partner in a central China city and then, when tired and emotional, offered entertainment upstairs in a karaoke bar with several private rooms for "singing" alone with a hostess. In a big city hotel, catching the eye can be taken as a contract of employment, as another company representative found when he glanced admiringly at a woman in a silk dress in the lobby and found she had linked his arm.