I’ll be adding Taiwanese news stories to my rotation from here on to practice C-E translation. As you can see, the top story here is sometimes a little different than it would be in Spain and Japan.
The orgy on a Taiwan Railway Car has sparked Taiwanese people’s interest in “living room cars”, which were converted from US Aid-provided passenger cars to executive suites. These “observatory rooms” are equipped with rotating sofas and large viewing windows. The car featured in this picture has the same design as the one used in this case. Photo provided by National Chiao-Tung University Rail Society.
Taiwan Railway Orgy Included 17 Year Old Girl, Who Confessed to Sex with at least 7-8 Men
China Times: 供述列車淫趴過程 17歲小雨：至少和7、8人做過
Chen Hong-wei reporting from Taipei February 29, 2012
Yesterday, Xiao-yu, the 17-year old leading lady in the orgy in a Taiwan Railway car and the key to the Railway Police investigation, appeared in court with her parents and admitted having sexual relations with at least seven or eight people in the car. She said “I remember the faces of the first five, but I’ve forgotten the rest because I was too tired!” Her mother collapsed when she heard that. She couldn’t believe her daughter had done such a thing.
The police have already questioned group leader and part-time tour guide Tsai Yu-lin, leading lady Xiao-yu, female assistant and 25-year old graduate student Xu, 26-year old team steward and odd-job man Liao, and seven people who participated in the scheme.
The Railway Police indicated that the key figures in the railway orgy have already testified, and they already have a clear and complete picture of the case: these 12 people had debauched sex together on a public train. After the investigation, they will be charged with crimes like offending public morality and breaking the Child and Youth Sexual Transaction Prevention Act. The 12, who testified separately, will all be brought to justice.
Xiao-yu will be tried as a minor before the Youth Court.
Tsai Yu-lin admitted organizing the orgy, but he said that except for Xiao-yu, everyone paid $800 NTD ($26 USD) to participate. He said the goal of the activity was to make society understand that there are many forms of sex besides one-on-one relations. He wanted to help people with unconventional views “make new connections”. The female graduate student and assistant said she participated in the orgy because it would help her with her thesis.
Xiao-yu had claimed she was 19 years old, but when she spoke with police yesterday she admitted she was under 18. Because Tsai Yu-lin helped arrange sexual relations for her, he broke Article 23 of the Youth Law: “arranging or assisting in procuring sexual relations for someone who is under 18 merits a penalty of 1-7 years in prison.” The two female assistants and the steward Liao will also be considered offenders of this law.
The other seven who admitted to participating in the orgy are men. Their occupations range from technology company engineer to restaurant worker to unskilled laborer. Five admitted having sex with Xiao-yu while wearing condoms. Another said “I didn’t have time to because there were too many people,” so he put on a condom, stood to the side, and masturbated while watching. The seventh said he couldn’t get an erection because he was “too nervous”, but he did fondle Xiao-yu several times.
The police indicated that the seven “Train Lechers” broke the section of the Youth Law regarding sex, lechery, and obscenity, and even if a person only touched Xiao-yu inappropriately, he would still be considered a violator of Article 22: “having sexual relations with a person under 18 merits a prison sentence no longer than one year or a fine of no more than $100,000 NTD ($3300 USD). After questioning, they were all be sent to the Banqiao Police Department for further investigation.
Last night, three more participants told the police they were willing to come forward and testify. The police have already seized Tsai Yu-lin’s checkbook and issued subpoenas to other people who remitted money to him.
The orgy occurred on February 19. Tsai Yu-lin planned it for four weeks. He posted on the BBS (Internet message board) “First-Rate Flower Art and Color Hotel” (whose name could also mean “First-Rate Prostitute Skilled Sex Hotel”) inviting people to participate in a sex party in a Taiwan Railway Car. After that, he interviewed people to choose the participants, found women who were willing to take part, and collected money. That day, 25 people boarded the Chu Kuang Express in Taipei and had an absurd orgy until they arrived in Zhunan 80 minutes later.