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By Channel 8 Published: 14 Nov 2017 Audio: Chinese
Located in Chinatown , Keong Saik road is adjacent to Kreta Ayer road , it has only 62 shophouses . In the early 20th century , amongst the few women who sailed from China to Nanyang to make a living , some worked as domestic helpers , also more commonly known as “majie”; some worked in the construction site as the “samsui” women and some others were sold to become pipa girls . Hence , there were many pipa houses in Keong Saik Road . After the 50s and 60s , the pipa houses gradually disappeared and replaced by many brothels . Over time , Keong Saik Road was widely known as a red - light district . Former Pipa girl Yue Xiao Yan who was interviewed by the Tuesday Report team in 1992 , had maintained contact with the team over the past 25 years . Yue shared her story as a pipa girl and her encounters during the Japanese occupation . She passed away at the age of 96 years - old shortly before the screening of this documentary . Also , changes of Keong Saik Road would be told by the descendant of the brothel operator , and narrated by Charmaine Leung , who grew up in Chinatown . 位于牛车水的恭锡街，整条街不长，只有62个店屋。二十世纪初期，自中国远渡重洋来到南洋谋生的少数女性中，有的替人帮佣做妈姐，有的到建筑工地当红头巾，另一些则卖身到恭锡街当琵琶仔。因此，琵琶馆应运而生，1960年代以后，琵琶仔行业渐渐消失，取而代之的是林立的娼寮，恭锡街也以红灯区广为人知。 当过琵琶仔的月小燕叙述她早年入行的情景、沦陷时期煎熬的日子。 特写摄制队25年前专访了月小燕，一直与她保持联系。经历了烽火的动荡时代，也见证了早期牛车水繁华风貌的月小燕，在今年10月11日去世，享年96岁。 纪录片也访问恭锡街娼寮经营者的后代，刻画出恭锡街的蜕变。在牛车水长大的写作人梁凤霞，忆述她的成长岁月。
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