Tuesday, December 30, 2014

At Least 87,000 Arrested in Crackdown on Gambling and Prostitution in China


BEIJING – Chinese police have arrested 87,000 people in the campaign against gambling and prostitution launched in early 2014, the Ministry of Public Security announced Sunday.

According to a statement, over the past year police closed more than 37,000 criminal cases related to gambling and the sale of sexual services that are criminal offenses in China.

The Ministry made public 20 of the 37,000 crimes, including prostitution organized in leisure centers and online platforms and the creation of casinos and cross-border gambling, among other services.

The southern province of Guangzhou, neighboring Hong Kong and Macau, was one of the main centers of the campaign, with more than 30,000 arrests reported in that region alone.

Last February, the press and social media echoed a raid that took place in Dongguan in Guangzhou, popularly known as the “capital of sex” which ended with the arrest of 67 people and the closure of 12 alleged brothels including hotels and massage parlors offering “happy endings.”


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