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Anti-porn arrests hit offshore website

Police detain 2,148 people in the biggest crackdown on illegal internet adult content

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 7:50pm
 

Mainland police have detained more than 2,100 suspects in the biggest crackdown against pornography in terms of the number of arrests, Beijing municipal police said yesterday.

Beijing police said 2,148 people were detained during a three-month operation in the first half of the year targeting MM House, a Chinese language porn site registered in the US.

A probe by an internet police unit at the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau found that the site, founded in January 2009, featured 11 themes with more than eight million files, of which 90 per cent were pornographic.

Legal Daily, quoting Zheng Hao, a deputy head of a unit overseeing internet security at Beijing police, reported that 530 of the detainees would face criminal charges while the remainder would be fined or let off with a warning.

Zheng said a crackdown on adult content providers in the past several years on the mainland had driven most of them overseas, where they operated from servers registered in foreign countries with help from webmasters on the mainland.

"The reason we launched the clampdown on pornography sites such as MM House is because they're mostly targeting mainland clients with help from local webmasters," he added.

Zheng said an overwhelming majority of sign-ups for MM House were based in the mainland, with some as young as 14.

A 31-year old Dongguan man, who was detained in the operation late in May, told Legal Daily that he had uploaded more than 1,400 pornographic photos on to MM House in February in 2010 to become a local webmaster, which gave him unlimited access to content as well as rights to subediting content contributed by other members.

Wang Cheng, a criminal lawyer from Shandong province, said it was harder for investigators to obtain evidence against mainland-based suspects for sites that were hosted overseas.

But those found guilty could face a prison term of between three to 10 years for serious violations.

A Beijing police officer who specialises in internet security but declined to be named, said it was difficult to weed out pornography on the mainland in the internet age because websites providing content from oversees servers and their core webmasters were beyond the reach of crackdowns on the mainland.

"It's a dilemma because you want to deal with something that's illegal here, but not necessarily so in other countries," he said.

 

 

 

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