Date
24 September 2017
Suspected sex workers and their clients are held during a police raid on an entertainment establishment in Dongguan in February. Photo: AFP
Suspected sex workers and their clients are held during a police raid on an entertainment establishment in Dongguan in February. Photo: AFP

Guangdong says prostitution licked after four-month crackdown

Guangdong said it has effectively stopped prostitution in the province after a four-month crackdown, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

The provincial public security department launched the massive campaign after China Central Television in February broadcast an investigative report on the rampant flesh trade in the southern province’s Dongguan city, sparking widespread public outrage.

Li Chunsheng, provincial security chief, formed a task force and six strike teams that fanned out to 21 cities to crack down on vice gangs.

At least 214 groups engaged in the illegal trade were smashed, 3,033 people held under criminal custody and 14 local officials charged, the report said.

Former deputy mayor and public security bureau chief Yan Xiaokang and deputy bureau chief Lu Weiqi were sacked for not doing their best to fight prostitution, it added.

Also, 1,200 websites with obscene contents were shut down, along with more than one million QQ and WeChat accounts as well as mobile phone numbers used in prostitution.

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