“Rosy Periwinkle”: The Politics of the Licensed Prostitutes Movement in Taiwan

  • Mau-Kuei ChangEmail author
  • Yufen Chang
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


Licensed prostitutes in Taiwan were referred to as Gong Cang (or public prostitutes) working in the confines of Gong Cang Guan (the house of Gong Cang, or the brothels). Before the system was banned, brothels and Gong Cang were licensed by the city government and overseen by local police.1 By law a prostitute license was granted only to “voluntary” prostitutes hired by brothels with licenses.2


Social Movement City Council Human Trafficking Democratic Progressive Party City Government 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Sociology, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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