Lord Lucan wrote:I see from the front page of today's China Post that the imported prostitute problem is still being blamed on the girls. This of course will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. I quote: "...as many mainland women use the marriages as a coverup for prostitution on the island." http://www.chinapost.com.tw/detail.asp?ID=42865&GRP=A
I think, however, the predictable and monotonous laying of blame at the feet of the girls involved is mostly the work of the English language press, which doesn't seem to have any real journalists covering this issue.
It could be a product of confusion with the original Chinese, whose grammar can be flexible enough so that the reader is uncertain of the agent of the sentence. Verbs in Chinese can be passive without the explicit addition of passive particles. I don't know what linguists call it, but I call it the "implicit passive".