Taiwanese media are claiming that hen parties of Chinese women are travelling over the border to hire young male prostitutes. The women are typically rich and middle-aged, and have apparently included wives of businessmen and politicians, Metro.co.uk reported.

A vice squad officer said that hey are afraid that if they hire male prostitutes in China proper they will be discovered, so they cross the strait to go to Taiwan to buy sex.

The male escorts are hired through agencies, and are referred to as “secretaries”. As well as providing sex, they also accompany the women on sightseeing and shopping trips and for meals out.