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‘I married a China prostitute’ [AsiaOne]

Perhaps sensational, but this an example of  the news reports that colour the imagination of all the ethnic Chinese Singaporeans in a Singapore filled with mainland Chinese (more than half-a-million), yes on top of Singapore-born Chinese…

A quick visit to any of Singapore’s popular online forums will yield many posts on subjects such as this – just check out the AsiaOne forum – An interesting specimen because it is one of Chinese overseas meeting overseas-born Chinese, and the troubles that follow.

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‘I married a China prostitute’
Source – AsiaOne, 03 December 2009

Photo Source – Lianhe Wanbao

A 64-year-old Singaporean man married a 40-year-old China woman despite knowing her for less than half a year, only to find out one month into their marriage that she is a prostitute.

Mr Chen, who spoke to the local Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao, said that he first met his China wife, Ah Ping, in April this year while dining at Pearl’s Centre in Chinatown.

Ah Ping had approached him first and engaged in in conversation. During this time, three men asked her if she provided sex services, but Ah Ping flatly denied so, thus giving Mr Chen a good impression of her.

She later told Mr Chen that she was a graduate back in China, and came to Singapore to look for work. They exchanged contact numbers and soon became a couple, meeting often for food and shopping trips.

In September this year, Ah Ping proposed that they get married. She told Mr Chen that they could apply for a flat together once she had gotten her permanent resident status.

Mr Chen, who was divorced two years ago, agreed to the wedding immediately. The couple registered their marriage on October 15.

Soon after they wed, Mr Chen realize that his new wife was almost never at home, and they often fought and argued, “There was once when things got really bad, and she told me that she was a prostitute in Shenzhou (China) and when she came to Singapore, she is still a prostitute.”

A former cleaner, Mr Chen told Lianhe Wanbao that he lost his job after sustaining an injury in a car accident on his wedding day.

When he lost his ability to work, his wife’s attitude towards him changed completely. “I didn’t know that she was a prostitute then. She asked me for money, saying that she plans to set up a stall selling socks.”

“Later on, a friend of mine saw her soliciting men, and it was only then that I realized ‘selling socks’ was just her way of telling me she’s going out to sell her body.”

Mr Chen said that his China wife also hit him from time to time during their rocky month-long marriage.

Since getting wed, the couple only had sex three times, and the sessions felt like Ah Ping was just obliging her new husband because she had to, Mr Chen said.

She was also drastically different from the caring woman that Mr Chen had thought her to be, and he found himself being kicked and beaten by her when things went wrong.

According to Mr Chen, his China wife was a divorcee as well. She has a 20-year-old son in China.

Because Ah Ping had yet to gain residency status, she had to leave Singapore once her visa is up, and can only return to the country after spending some time in China. When Mr Chen spoke to Lianhe Wanbao, Ah Ping was not in Singapore as she had left the day before.


Filed under: AsiaOne, Chinese overseas, Culture, International Relations, Overseas Chinese, Singapore

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