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U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job
CNSNews ^ | May 12, 2009 | Edwin Mora

Posted on 05/12/2009 4:31:38 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo

(CNSNews.com) -- The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6 million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job.

Dr. Xiaoming Li, the researcher conducting the program, is director of the Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

The grant, made last November, refers to prostitutes as "female sex workers"--or FSW--and their handlers as "gatekeepers."

"Previous studies in Asia and Africa and our own data from FSWs [female sex workers] in China suggest that the social norms and institutional policy within commercial sex venues as well as agents overseeing the FSWs (i.e., the 'gatekeepers', defined as persons who manage the establishments and/or sex workers) are potentially of great importance in influencing alcohol use and sexual behavior among establishment-based FSWs," says the NIH grant abstract submitted by Dr. Li.

"Therefore, in this application, we propose to develop, implement, and evaluate a venue-based alcohol use and HIV risk reduction intervention focusing on both environmental and individual factors among venue-based FSWs in China," says the abstract.

The research will take place in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi.

Guangxi is ranked third in HIV rate among Chna's provinces--and is a place where the sex business is pervasive, Li said.

“The purpose of the project is to try and develop an intervention program targeting HIV risk and alcohol use,” Li told CNSNews.com. “So basically, it’s an alcohol and HIV risk reduction intervention project."

In the abstract he wrote to win the grant, the researcher outlined three components of the intervention program in the abstract of the project:

“(1) gatekeeper training with a focus on changing or enhancing the protective social norms and policy/practice at the establishment level; (2) FSW (female sex workers) training with a focus on the acquisition of communication skills (negotiating, limit setting) and behavioral skills (e.g., condom use skills, consistent condom use); and (3) semi-annual boosters to reinforce both social norms within establishments and individual skills,” wrote Li.

The doctor said the heart of the study involves “a community-based cluster randomized controlled trial among 100 commercial sex venues in Beihai, a costal tourist city in Guangxi.”

"We anticipate that the venue-based intervention program will be culturally appropriate, feasible, effective and sustainable in alcohol use and sexual risk reduction among FSWs," says the NIH grant abstract.

Li said his study is being done in China rather than the U.S. because prostitution occurs with alcohol use in the United States like it does in China, Americans will be able to benefit from the project’s findings.

“We want to get some understanding of the fundamental role of alcohol use and HIV risk,” he said. “We use the population in China as our targeted population to look at the basic issues. I think the findings will benefit the American people, too.”

Li said minimal research has been conducted on the link between alcohol use and prostitution as it relates to HIV.

“Alcohol has been a part of the commerce of sex for many, many years. Unfortunately, both global-wise (and) in the United States, very few researchers are looking at the complex issue of the inter play between alcohol and the commerce of sex,” he told CNSNews.com.

The grant is one of several “international initiatives” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Ralph Hingson, director of epidemiology and prevention research at NIAA, told CNSNews.com, “There are many Americans who travel to China each year and they should be made aware of the HIV problem.”

Hingson said that Americans will be able to apply the studies findings to the American situation because 1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV.

Li’s research includes exploration, development, implementation and evaluation. Currently, the project stands at the exploration stage, which the doctor expects to last 18 months.

“The first phase is kind of an exploratory study just trying to get a good understanding of the phenomena in the population of female sex workers in China. The second phase is the program development,” the professor told CNSNews.com.

Phase two will be based on the first year of the study and on “field observations,” he added. The third phase will be the implementation and evaluation of the program.

“Prostitution is illegal in China but it exists in China," Li told CNSNews.com, “but the Chinese government and the society’s attitude towards prostitution is complicated.”

According to Li, there may be as many as 10 million female prostitutes in China with the majority raging from teenagers to those in their 20s.

“We see a lot of governmental initiatives in China, like 100 percent condom distribution promotion programs, so they deliver condoms in those (prostitution) venues," he added.

“The global literature indicates an important role of alcohol use in facilitating HIV/AIDS transmission risk in commercial sex venues where elevated alcohol use/abuse and sexual risk behaviors frequently co-occur,” Li wrote when introducing the project last November.

"We expect that the intervention will improve protective normative beliefs and institutional support regarding alcohol use and HIV protection,” he added.

The NIH proposal hypothesizes that the program will decrease "problem drinking and alcohol-related sexual risk" among prostitutes that participate.

"We hypothesize that the venue-based intervention will change and enhance the protective social norms and institutional policies at the establishment level and such enhancement, accompanied by individual skill training among FSWs, will demonstrate a sustainable effect within commercial sex establishments in decreasing problem drinking and alcohol-related sexual risk, increasing consistent and correct condom use, and reducing rates of HIV/STD infection among FSWs," says the NIH abstract


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: aids; alcohol; alcoholism; china; chinese; chineseprostitutes; detroit; guangxi; hiv; idiotalert; keeppantszippedup; li; niaa; nih; prostitutes; stuckonstupid; wsu

1 posted on 05/12/2009 4:31:38 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Finally! A sane use of our tax dollars!


2 posted on 05/12/2009 4:34:21 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Wouldn’t AA chips be cheaper?


3 posted on 05/12/2009 4:36:59 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
...figures, the US tax payer is getting ****** to the tune of 3.6 billion and didn't even get a dinner.
4 posted on 05/12/2009 4:37:36 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Mr. Mojo

And foreign prostitutes at that!


5 posted on 05/12/2009 4:40:47 AM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Somes jokes just should be thought and definitely not written in a post.


6 posted on 05/12/2009 4:45:07 AM PDT by healy61
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To: Mr. Mojo

Bill Clinton call your office.


7 posted on 05/12/2009 4:46:47 AM PDT by wny
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To: Mr. Mojo

Is this an example of out of control Leftist Bureaucrats with a pile of American Taxpayer’s money at their disposal?

I doubt it would cost $2.6 million to tell those “Americans” that go to China on business, whatever to keep their pants on.


8 posted on 05/12/2009 4:49:09 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Wow, $2.6 million so the “researcher” can go out drinking with prostitues! The real story is how does such a person get this job.

No pictures?


9 posted on 05/12/2009 4:52:31 AM PDT by Tai_Chung
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To: Mr. Mojo

Another way to promote outsourcing.


10 posted on 05/12/2009 4:53:43 AM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Ya know, it will be cheaper to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job than it would be to teach Congress to do pretty much ANYTHING responsibly. Just teaching them to spend our money responsibly would come with a price tag of $377B.

And, no one can afford what it would cost to teach them to put America first . . . . . . . . . that’s an $80 Trillion dollar price tag.


11 posted on 05/12/2009 4:54:55 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Are the Prostitutes nationalized or are we supporting a free market in a Communist country?


12 posted on 05/12/2009 5:02:30 AM PDT by wolfcreek ("unnamed "right-wing extremist")
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To: Mr. Mojo

I dub this the ChiHo project. It’s crucial for national security. Get yo drink on.


13 posted on 05/12/2009 5:17:15 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

How typical in every way.

First, throwing money into a foreign issue that in no way effects us.

Second, they look at the Asian sex trade and their primary concern is alcohol abuse.


14 posted on 05/12/2009 5:23:41 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

There were two prerequistes when I went to WSU, you had to have a Black Belt in Karate and carry an MP5.


15 posted on 05/12/2009 5:41:11 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: Rappini

In these harsh economic times, I am willing to take one for the team as it may be and go to China to get hookers drunk and doink them.

Can I have, say, 100,000 of the allocated funds? I’ll turn in a paper or something... maybe even start a website!


16 posted on 05/12/2009 6:20:31 AM PDT by Ueriah
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To: Mr. Mojo
This guy is an amazing scam artist, and the NIH needs more rigorous oversight. Meanwhile, research that might benefit Americans goes begging. In addition, Dr. Li is working on three ongoing NIH-funded HIV-related projects totaling $4,484,482 in grants in China. One involves assessing psychosocial needs among children affected by AIDS in HenanProvince. Another consists of a behavioral HIV prevention intervention program among rural-to-urban migrants in Beijing. The third, a subcontract from Old Dominion University, involves behavioral HIV prevention among female entertainment workers in Shanghai.

Why are U.S. taxpayers footing the bill for any of this. This doctor is a professor of pediatrics and what any of this has to do with children's health is beyond me. Why are the Chinese managing to get US to pay for research into THEIR vice industry? Who is responsible for this? I would like some names.

17 posted on 05/12/2009 6:33:43 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Mojave

Insourcing. Outsourcing. Insourcing. Outsourcing. Insourcingoutsourcinginsourcingoutsourcinginsourcingoutsourcing.

Well, you get the idea.


18 posted on 05/12/2009 6:42:57 AM PDT by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

If they didn’t do this, they would have, just, spent it foolishly.


19 posted on 05/12/2009 6:50:03 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (If you are in a concentration camp and nobody know you are there, are you really there?)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Who in their right mind would even think about spending this countries money like this.It’s absurd. Fund Verterans with this money! NOW!


20 posted on 05/12/2009 8:29:55 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: Mr. Mojo

I have a good idea what would have happened if a person had used the Confederation’s money in such a foolish manner...you’d have gone out of town on a rail, if you were lucky. If the act was egregious enough an entire town would have watched the thief learn a new jig at the end of a rope.

Now, we just hemorrhage money. I’m with the poster who said “Give it to Veterans.” The fact that our VA hospitals are in a lot of cases underfunded/understaffed makes this act, in my mind, rise to the level of treason.


21 posted on 05/12/2009 8:42:17 AM PDT by Troy McGreggor
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CNS NEWS.com: "U.S. WILL PAY $2.6 MILLION TO TRAIN CHINESE PROSTITUTES TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY ON THE JOB" by Edwin Mora (SNIPPET: "Dr. Xiaoming Li, the researcher conducting the program, is director of the Prevention Research Center at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.") (May 12, 2009)

22 posted on 05/13/2009 1:44:37 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Mr. Mojo

Our cigarette-puffing, narcissistic ruler no doubt thinks this is just another drop in the bucket!


23 posted on 05/13/2009 12:20:28 PM PDT by IbJensen ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money."Thatcher)
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