Star of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Exposed as Prostitute

Johanne Liou, the Sunflower Queen of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement.

Johanne Liou, the Sunflower Queen of Taiwan's Sunflower Movement.

Three of the top 10 most viewed articles on popular Chinese web portal NetEase yesterday were about this story…

From NetEase:

Taiwanese Star Johanne Liou [Liu Qiaoan] Exposed Working as High-Priced Escort December 11 report — According to Taiwanese media reports, Taiwanese star Liu Qiaoan [aka Johanne Liou] has been caught working as a high-priced escort by a publication/magazine, causing all sorts of public controversy. On the 10th, she checked-in at Macau and expressed that she was a fool for having been set-up/tricked, will not comment on this matter any further, nor sue the publication that exposed her. She also insisted that everything she said was only because she was playing along in order to get out of the situation. Late night on the 10th, when she was spotted taking a flight back to Taiwan from Macau, she hid in a woman’s restroom. When she came out and saw reporters waiting for her, her eyes teared up and she began crying.

Liu Qiaoan is pretty, and had exploded into popularity after being caught on camera during the Sunflower Student Movement. Who would have thought she would be exposed by magazines, hounded by photographers, and suspected of working as a high-priced escort. In the released video, she not only talks about her price of “70,000 (NTD, summer) in Taiwan, 100,000 ‘outside of Taiwan'”, she also nonchalantly talked about sexual matters, with shocking explicitness.

Comments from NetEase:

崬苝荖莰 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

This Taiwanese girl’s looks aren’t bad, quite sexy, I like. 100,000 NTD isn’t that expensive either. Heehee.

回扣之国 [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

Not as expensive as CCTV Sister.

唯唯诺诺随波逐流 [网易浙江省绍兴市网友]:

Compared to X Meimei, it’s really not expensive.

网易广东省深圳市网友 [lxc1968]:

Hehe, democracy cannot be traded/sold, but your body can! Long live the democracy of lousy Taiwanese!

悼念被美军虐死的华裔士兵 [网易黑龙江省牡丹江市网友]: (responding to above)

She’s indeed “not a oil-saving lamp” [a Chinese idiom when used negatively meaning someone who is not simple, not honest, is crafty], who “does smokeless work” [does things in secret?]! Now, the price of Taiwanese democracy is going to go up yet again [possibly the chances of achieving Taiwanese democracy has become even slimmer].


From NetEase:

Taiwanese Star Who Became Famous For Opposing the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement [CSSTA] Exposed as High-Priced Escort

Netease Entertainment December 10 report — According to Taiwanese media reports, Taiwanese star Liu Qiaoan has a sweet appearance and when a sexy photo of her caught the public’s attention, she became famous overnight. Previously exposed for using the public to profit herself, being a kept mistress, and other controversies, she was again exposed by a magazine on the 10th as a high-price escort [prostitute] that asks for 100,000 yuan (about 20,000 RMB) per instance, with the video of the male customer filmed of them two discussing the price being made public. The content of the short video is quite explicit.

According to the magazine’s report, a Hong Kong man revealed that he had found her through strings pulled by friends, and that he had secretly filmed the entire discussion between the two of them about price in the hotel room. In the short video, she appears sexily wearing a red miniskirt and black top. After the man bargains the price down to 30,000 yuan NTD, she responds by pointing out that she is 70,000 yuan NTD in Taiwan, and only asks 100,000 yuan NTD when she goes abroad, hinting that the lowest price she can accept is 70,000 yuan, upon which the negotiation collapsed.

Then the Hong Kong man took out 2000 yuan NTD and gave it to her as taxi fare, and she also generously changed into denim shorts on the spot, giving the man a feast for his eyes, before making another offer of 30,000 yuan for an hour, helplessly saying: “I’m not an ordinary ‘prostitute’, meaning…where we ‘only make love’, and that’s it.”

Throughout it all, Liu Qiaoan openly chats with the man about sexual matters. When asked if there is a difference after having had a child, she confidently answered: “I didn’t have a natural birth, and what more…normally, everyone says I’m ‘pretty tight’, and if I was very ‘loose’, I probably wouldn’t command this price, right?!” She also hinted that because clients know she likes the romantic feeling of dating, they usually book her for two to three days at a time.

In response to this, Liu Qiaoan denies being an escort, claiming she had received a call informing her that a Hong Kong client wanted to purchase alcohol, only realizing he wanted sex services after arriving at his room. Afraid that he harbored sinister intentions and in order to protect herself, she claimed she could only play along with the man, clarifying that her responses were all improvised. She then accused the person who exposed this video as entrapping her due to having a grudge against her, and her Facebook account has already been deleted to ride out the storm.

"But in Taiwan I am 70,000 [NTD]."
“But in Taiwan I am 70,000 [NTD].”
"And when I go abroad, I am 100,000 [NTD]."
“And when I go abroad, I am 100,000 [NTD].”


The “Sunflower Queen” made famous by the Sunflower Student Movement

After Liu Qiaoan, the “Sunflower Queen” who relied on the Sunflower Student Movement to become famous, was exposed of illegal fund-raising, it then went around that she asked her ex-husband for them to divorce and remarry because her belief in fortune-telling led her to believe she will have two marriages. To his surprise, when her ex-husband signed [the divorce papers], Liu Qiaoan took their daughter and left, leaving the man devastated.

Liu Qiaoan previously told the media that she had divorced because of domestic violence, but her ex-husband’s friend resented this extremely, choosing to go public and expose her. He accused that Liu Qiaoan had argued on the basis of her firm belief in fortune-telling that a fortune-teller had said she was destined to have two marriages and therefore asked her ex-husband to separate and then remarry. Ridiculously, after the two divorced, Liu Qiaoan simply walked away, and even took their daughter with her, greatly perplexing her ex-husband.

Her ex-husband’s friend says Liu Qiaoan had met her ex-husband in a nightclub when she was 19, that the two had a shotgun wedding, and that her husband had even taken out a loan to help her open a ramen restaurant in the city’s east district. In reality, not two months after Liu had given birth to their daughter, she had snuck out of the hospital for a date with another man, which her ex-husband had at the time chosen to forgive, not knowing that the marriage ultimately couldn’t be saved. Reportedly, the ex-husband is still carrying the debt from the ramen restaurant, providing living expenses for the mother and child, and is actively seeking custody of the daughter.

Comments from NetEase:

[email protected] [网易山东省临沂市网友]:

I have her video, who wants to watch?

统一100 [网易湖南省怀化市网友]:

A female star for just 100,000, that’s genuinely a low price.

莉莉Q号2371436020 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

What is this, and for 100,000? I have completely natural F cups, my face is better than yours, my butt perkier, and I can’t even make that much in a year!!!

马云[阿里巴巴集团非常任董事长] [网易山东省枣庄市滕州市网友]:

A piece of garbage. Today’s society is a society where garbage struts around! It’s no longer strange! A deformed society!

nhn2015 [网易吉林省延边州延吉市网友]:

I don’t understand nor do I know this person
nor do I support those who agitate for Taiwanese independence, for separation.

But what I want to say is
what does her being an escort/prostitute or not have to do with her political advocacy?


From NetEase:

Taiwan Anti-Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement Female Star’s Prostitution Video Exposed, Surrounded by Reporters, Hides in Restroom


Liu Qiaoan afterwards explained that she at the time thought the man was a big boss from the mainland who wanted to purchase alcohol, not expecting that he would directly ask if they could have sexual relations, scaring her, and thus prompting her to find a way to get out of the situation, leaving her no choice but to play along and say such things. Because the video does not capture the entire meeting from beginning to end but has been edited, it has also face skepticism from others. However, many professionals judge that for a secretly filmed video to be so clear must’ve meant it was planned in advance, and that at least two people were involved.

Liu Qiaoan is suspected of trying to lay low, heading to Macau after the incident, but media caught on the night of the 10th taking a 10 o’clock flight from Macau back to Taiwan, with her female traveling companion immediately using their bags to cover her face, then ducking into a restroom to hide. Not long later, the two of them came out, but upon discovering the reporters still there, Liu Qiaoan seemed to break down. With a weeping expression appearing on her face, she screamed, “Stop hurting me!” and then took a car leaving the airport.

Comments from NetEase:

网易海南省文昌市网友 ip:59.49.*.*

When even garbage like Guo Meimei is 100,000, her asking price of only 70,000 NTD is already professionally conscientious~

落寞江湖路 [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

Don’t lose heart, still better than those female broadcasters/anchors who are

网易福建省厦门市网友 ip:120.42.*.*

She says: Democracy cannot be traded/sold, but her body can be traded/sold.

a2798835612 [网易山西省运城市网友]:

Even if she were a prostitute, can prostitutes not seek freedom and democracy?

当我们站在一起 [网易福建省厦门市网友]:

Whether you people believe it or not, I believe it.

Does this reveal something about China? Is it a mainland media attempt to discredit the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan earlier this year? What about this being first reported by Taiwanese media? Is this political at all? Or just celebrity gossip? Or merely netizens interested in anything involving pretty girls and the hint of sex? Is any of this important? Does it matter that it is reported in China? That Chinese netizens paid attention to it? We think these are interesting questions surrounding what trends on the Chinese internet. Sometimes there are answers and sometimes there aren’t. We don’t think these stories are world-changing and we don’t think translating these stories is going to change the world, but maybe they help us understand some things just a little bit more. Would advertisers object to this? Some might, as some have before. Should we delete it? We might have to, but we don’t want to. Please become one of chinaSMACK’s patrons, so those last two question aren’t the ones we have to ask ourselves. Thank you.

Written by Fauna

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