According to the PRC Administrative Penalties for Public Security, visiting a prostitute is punishable by 10 to 15 days imprisonment alongside a fine of 5,000 RMB.
While exchanging money for sex is an offense, paying for group sex escalates the crime to “group licentiousness” (聚众淫乱罪 Jùzhòng yínluàn zuì). With the extra pleasure comes the extra risk, and the facts are simple: Chinese law criminalizes all group sex involving more than two people; orgies are strictly off the menu. Such activities are punishable by imprisonment, which can be anything from a relatively brief five day detainment, right through to a full five years in the clink.
The oldest occupation in the world is illegal but as in most countries, prostitution in China is flourishing. All you guys, as foreigners in China, you have to be careful and try to avoid it. Of course, if you really desire to have a taste of this, you have to watch out because once you are sized by police, not only the fine and jail life you will have to face but also your name will be marked in National Security system and it will definitely affect you to get another Chinese visa.
How to Avoid Getting Approached:
1.Bars and Clubs
Some clubs in China where it seems like most of the women inside are “working”. But actually men are approached not only by women, but also men coordinating work for their girls.
Working girls hang out at hotel bars and lounges. The approach will probably be subtle if you are in an international hotel as these establishments try very hard to keep these women out of their hotels. In non-international hotels, especially in smaller cities, prostitution is sometimes wrapped right in the workings of the hotel. Sometimes you may receive something like ladies knocking on business traveler’s doors with offers of massages as well as excuses like “I’m thirsty, can I come in for a glass of water?” Again, usually a simple “no, thanks” or “sorry, you can’t come in” is enough. But if it gets ugly, call the hotel management or the police.
3.Massage and “Beauty” Parlors
Typically, massage or beauty parlors that give more than just massages or haircuts are staffed with a large number of young women wearing attire that isn’t suitable for massage or haircuts. Again, if you find yourself accidentally in a situation that you don’t want to be in, you can usually just decline whatever service is on offer and leave.
4.Karaoke Bars & Entertainment Clubs
Many businessmen find themselves being entertained by their Chinese hosts. It is common to go from the heavy-drinking banquet to a karaoke bar or club where “hostesses” come to help entertain the male guests. Guests buy drinks for the girls who entertain by singing or chatting amicably with the men. Often, these girls can be paid to accompany the men to their hotel rooms. If you find yourself in one of these clubs, there’s no harm in it. But be firm in your wishes to remain single for the night. It will not be considered rude.
What to Do if You Feel Uncomfortable or Threatened?
If you find yourself in a situation in which you don’t want to be, you have every right to get yourself out of it. I’ve had many a report of business travelers going to get a legitimate massage only to find themselves being propositioned. Even a girlfriend went to get a massage and found herself being asked if she’d like something more than just a back massage. When this occurs, it’s best to just give a firm “no”. Pay for whatever service was provided and leave the premises.