Date
15 December 2017
Slot machines go up in flames in an earlier mainland crackdown on gambling. Photo: news.cn
Slot machines go up in flames in an earlier mainland crackdown on gambling. Photo: news.cn

30,000 nabbed in China crackdown on porn, gambling

China has detained more than 30,000 people during a two-month crackdown on pornography and gambling, Reuters said, citing a Xinhua report Sunday.

In the latest arrests, police in Guangdong province arrested 3,014 and put more than 8,000 in criminal detention as of Dec. 15, Xinhua quoted the provincial Public Security Department as saying.

In Huizhou city, police busted a 30 million yuan (US$4.82 million) online gambling ring on Nov. 24. Apart from a state lottery, gambling has been illegal in the mainland since 1949.

China launched an anti-pornography campaign in April as part of efforts to “clean up” the internet.

The campaign has run in parallel with a crackdown on freedom of expression online that has intensified since President Xi Jinping came to power early last year, Reuters said.

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