Police raid 18,000 venues in China's sex capital

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 9:04 PM

BEIJING (AP) — Police in southern China said Thursday they had raided more than 18,000 entertainment venues in a southern province in the wake of a high-profile state media expose of the sex trade in a city known as China's "sex capital."

The TV report over the weekend on prostitution in the Guangdong province city of Dongguan sparked a much-publicized crackdown across the whole of the wealthy coastal province. Guangdong police said in a statement that they had arrested 920 people allegedly engaged in prostitution.

The 18,372 premises raided included singing and dancing venues, saunas and massage parlors. A total of 38 karaoke bars and 158 saunas and massage parlors had been closed as a result of the crackdown, police said.

CCTV's report on China's "sex capital" was criticized by many members of the public, who expressed sympathy for the sex workers and suggested Dongguan's entrenched sex industry couldn't have survived without the support of police and local authorities.

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