Dongguan Sex Industry Crackdown: Will It Only Further Revive Profession?
Recently, China Central Television (CCTV)
released a high-profile report on a crackdown
on the sex industry in Dongguan.
This report has failed to win public support,
and has been continuously criticized by them.
Commentators say that the sex industry
has become a way for officials’ to attain
promotion, and for their entertainment.
This crackdown is perceived as bullying vulnerable women,
and will only lead to expanding the pornography industry.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and it’s
officials are the original source of the sex industry.
China state-controlled media reported that police
undertook a series of night raids in Dongguan.
They found 1,948 “problematic" entertainment
venues that were involved in the sex industry.
One of them was the five-star Crown Prince Hotel.
The hotels chairman is Liang Yaohui, who is also
a representative in the National People’s Congress.
Liang is also Chairman of Zhongyuan Oilfied Company
Group, and is said to control the nation’s largest hotel,
Dongguan OYV International Convention Hotel.
Beijing journalist Cai Shenkun says that this crackdown
will not only fail to change the flourishing sexual industry.
On the contrary, every crackdown on a sex related
business only sees a reshuffle in this business.
Every time the regimes leadership changes,
there is a crackdown on the sex industry.
The investors have to find new protection, thus
it becomes an opportunity to develop this industry.
Mr. Li, security guard, Shenyang Karaoke Bar:
“The large entertainment venues provide
food and entertainment services together.
The sauna’s, karaoke clubs and other places
are run by powerful governmental officials.
The small venues were often
investigated, but not large ones.
That is, unless the owner upsets
someone with a powerful background.
High-ranking officials generally go to private clubs,
without membership, and entry is restricted.
The private clubs all have some power behind them."
Zhu Ruifeng is founder of rmjdw36.com.
Zhu exposed the sex tapes of Chongqing
official Lei Zhengfu, as well as other officials.
This has pressured the Chongqing
regime to investigate corrupt officials.
However, Zhu was detained by Chongqing police,
who demanded that he hand over the original
tape evidence and files of the involved officials.
Police also threatened Zhu, that if he hides
the evidence, he will be accused of a crime.
Police asked Zhu to confess how many copies he made.
Police intended to get the name of the police
officer who provided Zhu with the information.
This police officer provided Zhu with the
archives that Chongqing police tried to destroy.
They were trying to protect corrupt officials.
Zhu Ruifeng: “Every crackdown on the sex industry
is an opportunity for officials to seize money.
Those girls are fined, and a few days later, they
start again. They hand over some protection fees.
Police don’t care about other issues; they keep
their eye on karaoke bars, saunas and hair salons.
The police are also customers of the sex trade. Officials
can get promoted through the pornography industry.
According to higher-level sources, CCTV
anchors were sent to senior officials by
former CCTV Director Li Dongsheng."
Ms Zhang, a resident of Shandong
was tricked into working in a hotel.
She reveals that some hotels, karaoke bars
and other brothels collude with agencies.
They appear under the name of a job agency, and
take good-looking college graduate girls to the hotels.
They then keep them there against their will.
Ms. Zhang: “At the beginning, we were
just accompanying customers to dinner.
Later, customers asked us to go to their rooms,
Any girl who resists will be beaten, and anyone who
tries to escape will be taken back and beaten very badly.
They confiscate our money, and without
money, many girls have to serve customers."
Ms Zhang finally escaped the hotel.
She said that the local police already planned
how to frame girls who went to the police station.
Ms Zhang: “Police only ask one question: ‘Did you agree?’
We thought the question was asking about agreeing
to work at the hotel, so we would answer yes.
However, the police didn’t specify what
they meant, and were playing with words.
As long as we said we agreed, they report to their
superiors saying these girls personally agreed to sex."
Currently in China, the sex industry is becoming
increasingly professional, industrialized and publicized.
For many officials, a sex business can make huge profits,
and becomes a primary means to stimulating the economy.
In early 2001, international media revealed
that at least 5 million women were providing
underground sex services in Mainland China.
Annual spending was at least 500 million yuan.
The sex industry creates a large
number of prostitutes and protectors.
It becomes a poison to society, and thousands of
people are trapped into a sexually immoral environment.
Declining morality in Chinese society is not only
manifesting in a publicized sex industry and sex trade.
Pornography on mobile phones and websites is even worse.
Of serious concern is the common and widespread practice
of privilege groups and rich people keeping mistresses.
This plays a corrosion role in society.
Karl Marx is known to have had an
illegitimate child with his housekeeper.
Lenin died of Syphilis, and Mao Zedong indulged
himself in sex, intending to pass Syphilis to his women.
The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party points
out that CCP leaders have played an effecting role on
Chinese people, which should not be underestimated.
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