China Central Television Investigation Sparks Sex Trade Crackdown: 6,525 Police Officers Bust Up Flourishing Prostitution ServicesPosted: February 10, 2014
Just hours after a national broadcast program accused police of doing nothing about the rampant sex trade in Dongguan, 67 suspects had been detained and 12 entertainment venues shut down in the city in southern Guangdong Province.
The highly visible trade in sex, according to CCTV, included beauty contests where prostitutes wearing revealing dresses and number tags paraded along a catwalk in front of prospective clients. Sometimes presenters promoted girls like products on shopping channels
Zhongtang Town public security bureau chief He Cheng has been suspended.
A total of 6,525 police officers took part in a crackdown that began at 3pm yesterday and was due to continue until early this morning.
The program that sparked the raids aired on China Central Television at noon yesterday.
CCTV’s undercover report claimed that sex services were openly and widely available at massage parlors, hotels, sauna centers and karaoke clubs in Dongguan. Some five-star hotels, such as the Sheraton Dongguan, were also involved in the illegal but lucrative business, CCTV alleged.
The highly visible trade in sex, according to CCTV, included beauty contests where prostitutes wearing revealing dresses and number tags paraded along a catwalk in front of prospective clients. Sometimes presenters promoted girls like products on shopping channels, CCTV said.
A manager at the Yuanfeng Hotel in Zhongtang Town admitted the hotel was built for prostitution rather than accommodation. Almost every guest there paid for sex, he said, and the hotel was being extended to meet the demand.
In Fenggang Town, where there is a red-light district, a spa manager said every venue had its own “special services” in order to survive cut-throat competition.
She said two more spas were due to open soon because of the number of prospective clients.
Some high-end hotels also provide sex services, but in relative secrecy, CCTV claimed.
At the Sheraton Dongguan in Houjie Town, people looking for sexual services have to go to the Royal Club in the underground garage.
There, they take an elevator to the hotel’s sauna center on the fifth floor, the report said.
The manager said only sexual services were on offer. The center has been open for several years and had many loyal guests, he added.
In a room at another five-star establishment, the Crown Prince Hotel in Huangjiang Town, two naked prostitutes were seen dancing behind a two-way mirror.
The manager of the hotel’s sauna center told CCTV’s undercover reporter that there were 50 such rooms and clients could choose which dancer they want to meet up with later…