China crackdown on prostitution in Dongguan


Authorities in China’s southern Dongguan city have shut down 12 entertainment venues as part of a major crackdown on alleged prostitution, state television reported.

The closures on Sunday followed a weekend report by China Central Television alleging a flourishing sex trade in the country’s manufacturing hub near Hong Kong.

Sixty-seven people were taken away by police for investigation after the raid on Sunday.

The city-wide crackdown came after the programme aired on Sunday night. In it, the broadcaster accused local police of ignoring rampant prostitution in the city, allowing the industry to thrive.

Two local police chiefs have been suspended in connection with the case.

Dongguan has become known as a destination for sex in China, with over 300-thousand illegal sex workers working throughout the city, according to one Hong Kong newspaper report.

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