Thursday, June 07, 2007

Betelnut Beauties

Betelnut Beauties at Flickr. "...Betelnut girls (Binlang Xi Shi) are a unique part of Taiwan culture. They sit in brightly-decorated glass booths wearing skimpy outfits, and sell cigarettes, drinks and betelnut to passing drivers. It’s a controversial trade but not actually illegal. The question of whether the girls are exploited is open to debate – certainly their own perception is mostly that they are doing a job like any other, and the less they choose to wear, the more they sell."

3 Comments:

Anonymous william said...

i pass betel nut beauties every day going from and to work. betel nut itself is pretty disgusting(turns your mouth a bloody red and i know of at least one person that has had his taste buds messed up by them not to mention the oral cancer risk). up in taipei they've pretty much run them out of the city, but in other parts of taiwan they are pretty common. i've heard reports that the beauties will offer certain sexual favours for the right price, but if it's true, or how common it is i have no idea.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Always great to get a firsthand account. Keep up the good work over at Robot Action Boy - one of my favourite blogs.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous william said...

you're welcome for the firsthand account and thanks for the compliment andrew! sometimes i'm not sure anyone is even reading it.

11:37 PM  

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