Prostitution is legal in Hong Kong, but everything related to it is not. The law targets pimps by making it illegal to live on the earnings of prostitution of others. Public solicitation and running a brothel are also illegal. The Hong Kong police regularly undertake operations to combat illegal forms of prostitution.
One such area that is notorious for its prostitution is the Fuji Building, located along Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. From the outside the building looks no different from other skyscrapers that surround it. However, on the inside, out of 22 floors in the building, 18 floors are home to one-woman brothels, with between five and eight of them on each floor.
There are over 141 women inside the building, who hail from Laos, to China and Russia. Most are in their twenties, and many of them also live there.
Outside each room inside the building, there are fairy lights and if the lights are lit, it usually indicates the “woman inside is available but it’s not a sure thing.” The lights glow in various shades of pink.
Among the signs that one can find on the doors are: “welcome”, “wait” in various languages, and “I’m worth the wait”. Strange anime cartoons accompany the messages. Strangely, the floors become progressively more decorative as you make your way up. The top floors boast the highest number of “new” stickers, which seem to be desirable by their rate of availability.
An average visit costs around 500 Hong Kong dollars (nearly Rs 4000).
According to one blogger, customers use their experience or online reviews to guide them to a particular room, however some take the stairs until they find a woman to their liking.
Another blogger who writes solely on reviewing sexual experiences around the world said “Hong Kong is a mongering Mecca!” Though police have raided the building before, it was not for breaking prostitution laws, for illegal immigrants living there.