Aunties Dance for Sex Workers’ Reputation

0914_SCENE_In Brief_Aunties Dance for Sex Workers’ ReputationAiring on Yunnan Satellite TV’s popular talent show, Big Town Dance, captured 2,000 of Dongguan’s square-dancing “aunties.” On August 17 in Nancheng’s Central Square, a mass of ladies gathered at 7 a.m. under the sun to follow nine instructors in bright red shirts. A banner at the site read, “Console [the] City’s Scar, Ignite [the] City’s Passion.” The show chose Dongguan as the second stop during its latest television season due to international publicity surrounding the sex trade scandal earlier this year. The show’s guest stars spent the prior month canvassing area towns to recruit the ladies.

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