China: More on the Massive Police Crackdown on Dongguan Prostitution IndustryPosted: February 11, 2014
chinaSMACK has an interesting collection of news images, screen caps, news links, articles. On YouTube, I found this video of a news broadcast.
CCTV Exposes Dongguan Sex Industry
Though it’s brief, and doesn’t have particularly insightful reporting, at around 43 seconds there’s a brief glimpse of just a fraction of the almost unimaginably large police force [A total of 6,525 police officers allegedly took part in a crackdown] There’s just no western equivalent for a scene like that: a prostitution raid involving thousands of law enforcement officials, and countless TV cameras capturing hundreds (or possibly dozens) of frightened, cowering hookers, hotel managers, and guests.
Check out chinaSMACK for more links, photos, news sources.
This is from the YouTube page:
Authorities in Dongguan, near Guangzhou, suspended two police chiefs and shut 12 entertainment venues allegedly involved in prostitution in a crackdown after state television reported on the sex trade in the city over the weekend.
Police detained 67 people after raiding the venues in five townships revealed by China Central Television on Sunday night, the Guangdong provincial public security department said yesterday. In two news programmes, CCTV said local police ignored prostitution in the city and allowed the industry to thrive five years after the Ministry of Public Security had conducted a crackdown. In a citywide bust after raiding the venues fingered by CCTV, authorities detained another 162 people at 39 locations.
After viewing the CCTV reports, Guangdong’s party secretary Hu Chunhua had ordered police to crack down on prostitution as hard as they did last year on drugs, Guangzhou Daily reported. The two suspended officers were the director of the Zhongtang township police bureau and the head of the police station where some of the hotels were located. CCTV said the city’s prostitution rackets operated from luxury hotels and saunas, which according to brothel operators were backed by “untouchable” businessmen.
Liang Yaohui, chairman of the Crown Prince Hotel Dongguan, a five-star hotel involved in prostitution, according to CCTV, was a deputy to the National People’s Congress, China National Radio reported. His business interests also included a separate luxury hotel and an oil company, Zhongyuan Group.
All of the venues exposed by the television programme had been empty since the raids, New Express reported. Brothels in the downtown districts of Fenggang and Houjie had been so busy they turned some customers away, CCTV said. Prostitutes charged 600 yuan to 2,000 yuan (HK$760 to HK$2,500) for their services.
CCTV said police in Zhongtang and Huangjiang townships had not responded to calls from reporters urging them to probe the suspected sex trade. News of the crackdown attracted internet users’ attention. One asked: “Why did it take more than 6,000 police officers to round up only 67 people?”
A three-month crackdown on the sex trade in entertainment venues in Dongguan, South China’s Guangdong Province was announced Tuesday, shortly after a television exposé revealed the extent of the prostitution business in local hotels.
A massive police sweep starting late Sunday focused on bath centers, massage parlors and KTV parlors in the city. After combing through 1,948 entertainment venues, police identified 39 as “problematic,” with 162 suspects under investigation, said a Monday statement from Dongguan’s public security bureau.
Local police have started to hunt down proprietors of the 12 venues involved in sexual services in five districts that were targeted by CCTV. One of the hotels was reportedly owned by Liang Yaohui, a deputy to the nation’s top legislative body, according to China Radio International Monday.
Eight police officers were suspended as they allegedly failed to respond to informant reports of the sex trade.