Telegraph：Prostitute boycotts Chinese on ethical groundsBy George Pitcher
Last updated: December 29th, 2009
One of the more touching messages I receive in the run-up to the outrageous execution of Akmal Shaikh
in China this morning is from a London-based “working girl”, who tells me she is boycotting all Chinese clients for a year in protest.
Please, spare me any sanctimonious injunctions about her chosen way of life. She’s doing what she can. And how many business people have decided today to withdraw their services from the Chinese? I think, in this context at least, she is acting with great dignity and self-respect.
She writes:Dear Father Pitcher,I read your article on Akmal Shaikh with interest. It says the Chinese will face serious consequences if the execution goes ahead.I don’t suppose you will find the following consequences serious, but I know some people who will..[She then includes a link to her website]That site is probably not worksafe if anyone is monitoring your internet usage, but it is my advert on [she includes an escort directory]. I am an escort. I’m boycotting Chinese passport holders for a year if the execution goes ahead. I can pick and choose my clients and I don’t need any from murderous regimes.I’m in two minds about those from Hong Kong, but will allow Taiwanese.[She then signs with what I take to be a real name, followed by her working name. I include neither here because, at the time of writing, I don't have her permission.]
I love that equivocation over Hong Kong. On her website, not yet updated after Mr Shaikh’s execution, she adds:Incidentally, if you are the holder of a Chinese passport you had better get your booking in tonight. After Akmal Shaikh, the mentally ill man, is executed tomorrow – you are on short rations for a year! In fact, no rations at all. Diu lai no mo hai, far as I’m concerned.
Could someone translate that Chinese for me? I reply to her as follows:Dear [.....],Good for you! I think that’s a highly principled stand – and I think that if everyone similarly did what they could by way of trade sanctions then we might make some progress with the Chinese.Thanks for writing and have a very happy New Year.
And I mean it. The whole exchange is strangely uplifting and I’m really glad she wrote to me. Bless you, [consider your name here], GP