BEIJING (AP) — Police say they have raided more than 18,000 entertainment venues in a southern province in the wake of a high-profile state media expose of China’s sex trade in the region.
The TV report on prostitution in the Guangdong province city of Dongguan broadcast over the weekend sparked a much-publicized crackdown across the whole of the wealthy coastal province. Guangdong police said in a statement Thursday that they had arrested 920 people allegedly engaged in prostitution.
The 18,372 premises raided included including singing and dancing venues, saunas and massage parlors.
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.