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The villagers assemble for a health check in the local brothel. The nurse asks me to pull my trousers down and bend over. But she doesn't know I speak Chinese…

By Mark Kitto   July 2008

Bend over for the government

Last week, health inspectors summoned almost the entire village for a check-up. This took place in the karaoke hall of what is called the “Moganshan Grand Hotel,” but is in fact the village brothel.

This is not an exposé of a secret Sars epidemic or the Chinese sex industry—sorry. No, it’s just because by law, all workers in the food and beverage industry must undergo a health check once a year. Nearly everyone in the village works in a hotel or restaurant. The karaoke hall, being large and centrally located, was the most convenient place.…

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