Taiwan activists fight to preserve old brothel
Taiwanese activists are fighting to preserve a building in downtown Taipei that was home to a brothel for over 70 years until it closed down in 2001, one of the campaigners said on Monday.
The two-storey wood and brick structure, erected in 1925, has been included in an urban renewal project, causing fears for its future among local residents who see it as part of the island's tangible cultural heritage.
"The building is a symbol of the island's history," said Chang Jung-che, an official with the Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters, a non-profit advocacy group for sex workers' rights.
The collective's office is located inside the building, and it has refused to move even after the court ordered it to leave last year, following a request from the building's owner, he said.
Published April 24 2012