Zi Teng statement
Against Police approval of the receipt of hand job service during undercover operations

Zi Teng is a sex workers concern organization. We often pay attention on the abuse of power against sex workers by the police.

During the past 4 years, we never stop urging the police to prohibit undercover agents from receiving sexual service, including sexual intercourse, oral sex and hand job service. Though the police revise the undercover guideline, in which the undercover agent has to gain approval from 3 of his superiors for the operation, this only justifies the misconduct of the undercover agent. The undercover agent can then freely receive hand job service from sex workers under his superior’s approval, abuse and suppress sex workers further.

We are very disappointed with the police revision. Superficially, it seems that the police have taken a top-down approach to monitor the undercover operation, but they do not set any standard or guideline on how to monitor the operation for the police management. Neither will they inform the public of their failure to monitor the operation. Eventually, the police is only making a ‘legitimate’ excuse for the undercover agent to receive free sexual service. The police are only trying to please the public and us with this insincere revision. In fact, they still reject to address to the police abuse.

According to the documents provided by Dr Simon Young, the associate professor from the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong, in April and September 2006, the receipt of hand job service by the undercover agent is a misuse of public resources and infringes the police code of conduct. Dr Young also clearly states that the undercover agent can always make the charge without any receipt of sexual service when there is sufficient evidence. What is wrong with the current policy is that it creates opportunities for the undercover agent to abuse others for his interests. Besides, Dr Young compares the Hong Kong Police Force with the police in other overseas countries, with the police from Ottawa, Canada and Victoria, Australia officially reply in the letter that they clearly prohibit their police officers from receiving sexual service of any kind.

The main reason pushing us to urge the police to revise the undercover guideline is that sex workers are entitled to basic rights and dignity as others do. Sex workers should not be abused by the police, particularly by those who make use of their police identity to gain themselves personal interests. The revised undercover guideline of this time openly justifies the misconduct and abuse of the undercover agents. It is totally impossible for us to accept this revision.

We have the following demands:

  1. The police concretely revise the police undercover guideline by clearly prohibiting the receipt of sexual service, including sexual intercourse, oral sex and hand job service, during the operation.
  2. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) takes the initiative to investigate into the cases of undercover police receiving sexual service and abuse power for his own interests.
  3. The police publicize how the police management monitors the undercover agent, and how the public can check on the monitoring work.
  4. The lawmaking body decriminalizes sex work, repeal the criminal law related to sex work.

Contact: Zi Teng staff-Lam Yee Ling, Elene     Tel: 23327182
Email: ziteng@hkstar.com   Website: www.ziteng.org.hk

16/11/2007