Monday, February 10, 2014

Chinese authorities have carried out a rare crackdown on the sex trade in the "sin city" of Dongguan f


























China's main state broadcaster, China Central Television (CCTV), aired a half-hour report on Sunday chronicling what appeared to be extensive and open prostitution in five towns across Dongguan. (AFP photo) 

Two city police chiefs had been suspended, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported. (AFP photo) 


Chinese police taking away alleged sex workers and clients at an entertainment center in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province. (AFP photo)


Media said 67 people were arrested and 12 venues were shut down in a sting operation involving thousands of police in the Dongguan region at the heart of China's Pearl River Delta industrial hub in the southern province of Guangdong. (AFP photo) 


While the government carries out periodic crackdowns, it is unusual for state media to cover them in such a high-profile way or for top officials to comment on the problem, underscoring worry about the explosion of the sex trade.


China outlawed prostitution after the Communist revolution in 1949, but it returned with a vengeance following landmark economic reforms three decades ago, and has helped fuel a rise in HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. (AFP photo)


Chinese police rounding up alleged sex workers and clients at an entertainment center in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province. (AFP photo) 


A Chinese policeman keeping curious onlookers back during a raid on an entertainment center in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province.


Chinese authorities have carried out a rare crackdown on the sex trade in the "sin city" of Dongguan following a candid report by the state broadcaster on the underground industry.(AFP photo) 


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