St Petersburg section of the Liberal Democratic Party, according to its chairman Yelena Babich, proposes to legalize prostitution in connection with 300-year anniversary of the city. This project will not only solve the problem of abrupt growth of venereal diseases the liberal democrats expect because of tourists’ influx in the days of celebration, but it should also seriously fill up the budget. To realize this idea, liberal-democrats will at first promote it in the press, afterwards they intend to fight for opening parlor houses at a “higher level.”
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.