Residents near the Sai Yeung Choi public pedestrian area, located in the heart of Hong Kong’s busy Mong Kok district, have voiced complaints over the proliferation of dancing aunties in the space, even accusing the middle-aged women of offering prostitution services in the guise of innocent square dancers.
Most of the troupes are made up of middle-aged mainland women, the standard dancing aunties who’ve become notorious across China for their courtyard hobby, usually accompanied by loud music blaring out of speakers. Mong Kok residents, however, are claiming that some of the dancers’ activities are more than just a nuisance—they’re illegal.
Jimmy Pang Chi-ming, chief of the local publishing company Subculture Ltd., recalled in an Apple Daily report that the dancing aunties started popping up in early 2014, and most of them appeared to be regular performers. However, over the past six months, another group of dancers appeared in the area. Some of them dress in revealing outfits and have been spotted hitting on middle-aged men whenever they received a ‘voluntary donation’ for their performance.
He said he’s witnessed a couple of these so-called dancers flirt with male passersby, asking them personal questions and touching them. Pang said he doubts the motives of these women and suspects that they might be involved in prostitution.
A street performer in the Sai Yeung Choi pedestrian area, identified as Sunny, added that the noisy dancing troupes have left other performers in the area ‘disgruntled’.
By Crystal Lau
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