Date
18 October 2017
Suspected sex workers and their clients are detained during a police raid of an entertainment establishment in Dongguan. Photo: AFP
Suspected sex workers and their clients are detained during a police raid of an entertainment establishment in Dongguan. Photo: AFP

Dongguan entertainment venues vow to shun sex trade

Operators of more than 2,000 entertainment venues in Dongguan have promised not to engage in gambling, drugs or pornographic activities.

They signed letters of responsibility as required by the local police following a government crackdown on the flourishing sex industry in the city, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported on Wednesday.

As part of the campaign against prostitution, police have arrested 700 suspects and filed 281 criminal charges and 530 related public security cases, the report said.

Nearly 80 percent of the city’s saunas, massage parlors and clubs have re-opened after undergoing inspections by law enforcement agents and rectifying irregular activities, according to the newspaper. However, some entertainment venues have reportedly returned to the flesh trade.

By asking the business owners to sign the letters of responsibility, police aim to secure their commitment to strictly abide by the regulations, a senior police officer was quoted as saying.

Authorities on Tuesday also released a new set of rules to tighten control over saunas and massage parlors.

Under the rules, the establishments are prohibited from having locked doors or lights turned off while services are in progress.

Massage parlors are also required to install a glass window pane on the door of each private room for easy monitoring by inspectors.

Only massage couches may be used; beds where two or more people can lie down are not allowed.

Business owners who fail to meet the new regulations will have their operations suspended until they rectify their violations, while those found to have committed serious violations will have their business licenses revoked, the report said.

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