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Migrant workers' sexual repression raises concern in China

By Wang Fangqing     Jan 30, 2010 in World
A political advisor named Zhang Feng expressed his concern over the growing sexual repression among the nation's millions of migrant workers. He spoke at the Guangdong provincial political consultative conference held in the southern city Guangzhou.
"Every year, countless migrant workers leave their families to cities, how could we ignore their sex lives?" questioned Zhang, director of Guangdong provincial commission of population and family planning.
Neglecting their sexual needs could lead to serious social problems, including sexually transmitted diseases and sex crimes, he said adding lonely workers seeking physical pleasure mostly through prostitutes, masturbation and homosexual behavior, which could lead to AIDS.
A typical example of sex crime happened two years ago in the industrial city Dongguan, where a worker stabbed his roommate who had a visiting wife.
"It maybe easy for them to tolerate a day without sex, or even one month, but definitely not one year. It's time to face it ," he told his embarrassed counterparts at the conference.
The same proposal was rejected last year because it was considered "inappropriate."
To promote safe sex, 90 million condoms were distributed last year in Guangdong province, which has more than 30 million migrant workers, the most in the country. Zhang said this year he is planning to give away 100 million in the region.
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