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Gay rights groups in China demand apology over hidden camera footage of male sex worker

in CHINA, 18/01/2014

The news program which is meant to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese instead featured hidden camera footage and dialogue between a sex worker and an undercover reporter in a hotel room.

Gay rights groups are demanding an apology after a TV station aired hidden camera footage of a male sex worker meeting with a male undercover reporter in a hotel room in Guangzhou.

According to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, Southern Television Guangdong aired a news program – purportedly to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese – over three consecutive nights from January 6 to January 8. The report attributed the rise on the growing popularity of online dating websites and sex workers who do not use condoms.

The TV station on Wednesday aired hidden camera footage which showed the sex worker undressing and showering as he talked to the undercover reporter about how he came to be a “moneyboy” – a term used repeatedly to describe the unwitting victim of the expose on the Cantonese-language program.

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