A hotel tycoon in Dongguan in China’s southern Guangdong province went on trial Wednesday for allegedly organizing prostitution rackets and destroying evidence, China Daily reported.
Liang Yaohui, also known as Taizi Hui, or Prince Hui, and 46 of his employees were charged with facilitating illegal sex trade in Dongguan’s Crown Prince Hotel, the report said.
The sex trade, involving more than 100 prostitutes, was said to have been carried out since April 2004.
Liang, 48, was chairman of the hotel, one of the five-star properties in Dongguan, a city famous for its entertainment industry.
Liang reportedly set up 99 separate sauna rooms in the hotel where the sexual activities took place.
The tycoon was detained in April last year in a sex trade crackdown after China Central Television exposed footage of rampant prostitution in Dongguan.
Global Times cited lawyers as saying that Liang could face life in jail or even the death sentence if convicted.
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