Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 103–111 | Cite as

Perceptions of Policing and Security Among Hong Kong Migrant Sex Workers—a Research Note

  • Michael AdorjanEmail author

In this research note, I report findings from a small study examining Hong Kong sex workers’ perceptions of policing and security in Hong Kong. The major objective of this explorative project is to gauge perceptions of sex workers in Hong Kong that were chiefly recent migrants, meaning they were not native or born in Hong Kong. Specifically, it seeks to examine the attitudes and experiences of sex workers regarding policing in Hong Kong, specifically the Hong Kong Police Force and Immigration Department, both of whom are relevant given the varying degrees of legal status Hong Kong sex workers have while residing in Hong Kong.

Sex work is not illegal in Hong Kong, though soliciting is illegal alongside ‘organized’ prostitution, i.e. under the control of organized crime groups (Amesty International 2016). Visitors are generally not allowed to work in any form in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, including sex work. If those not possessing citizenship (i.e. permanent residency or those...


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Funding for this project was provided by a University of Calgary internal ‘seed’ grant (no award number was provided).

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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Michael Adorjan declares that he has no conflicts of interest regarding this study.

Ethical Approval/Ethics Statement

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Statement of Informed Consent

In the case of this study, ethical approvals were obtained from both (author’s current institution) and the University of Hong Kong.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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