Valya Lee (DocDocDoc)
Katyusha. In the Mood for Love.
Thousands of young women from Russia and Ukraine decide to work abroad. China, as one of the most economically developed countries in the world, is especially attractive for many of them. There are many employment possibilities in the entertainment industry, where the most important criterion is physical beauty. Usually, this kind of work is illegal. My friend and I spent two months working in several karaoke bars of the Celestial Empire as party-girls, or, as translated literally from Chinese, “girls who accompany drinking alcohol beverages.” For short, such establishments are called KTV. Some girls venture to do this simply because they want to make a decent amount of money and go back home. Others – and especially locals – see that as a part-time opportunity. But for some it is full-time job. Often this work linked with access to a body. Depending on the client’s desire and the girl's approval this work can move to a more intimate level. All photos were taken secretly with a phone.