A woman in Taiwan has been sentenced to nearly 300 years in prison for having sex with a married man. Before you check your calendar or wonder if you’re reading the Internet through some kind of Star Trek time slip, rest assured that it is still 2013, this is just really fucked up.
According to Want China Times:
The 56 year-old woman, who reportedly owns a restaurant specializing in snake meat, was found to be having an affair with the 50 year-old man, surnamed Chang, between 2006 and 2011. The pair would hold trysts at a hotel several times a week, 894 times in total, according to the court.
In Taiwan, adultery is a criminal offense, so the man’s wife pressed charges against the woman. The man who had actually vowed not to have sex with other women, however, is in no trouble at all. His wife says she forgives him, but that neighbor woman apparently has to go to jail for 298 years.
The bizarre figure came about because the courts decided a fair penalty for sleeping with a married man was four months for every time they had sex, which in this case is 3,576 months.
The sentenced woman had actually previously attempted to press charges against Chang for sexual assault after she attempted to break off the affair in 2011 and he refused, but the court threw that case out. Sentencing a woman to nearly 300 years in prison for having sex with someone else’s husband, however, was considered a much better use of its time.
According to Shanghaiist, the “illegal adultery” law is actually pretty popular in Taiwan. A reform has been proposed, but rather than getting rid of the entire law altogether, it would just limit sentences to “no more than a year” in prison.
There is a chance the woman in this story will not actually have to serve any time, as Shanghaiist reports that her nearly 300 year sentence has been suspended for two years and she is currently on parole. Want China Times says she is expected to serve two years of her sentence, but might be able to buy off the other 296 years with a fine.
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