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China Law Professor: Raping Bargirl Does Less Harm

Categories: East Asia, China, Law, Women & Gender

While commenting on a recent rape case, Tsinghua University law professor Yi Yanyou argued on microblogging site Sina Weibo that, “It does more harm to rape a good woman than to rape a bargirl, a dancing girl, an escort or a prostitute.” Such arguments were echoed when the lawyer of gang rape suspect Li Tianyi, the 17-year-old son of Chinese general Li Shuangjiang, argued to the court that the gang rape is a case in which people “take turns to have sex” because the victim was a bargirl. Off Beat China has collected and translated [1] Chinese netizens’ reactions.