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Crackdown on 'three vices' goes national after Dongguan scandal

Ministry orders police across the country to get tough on prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking in wake of Dongguan sex scandal

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 3:57am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 5:23pm

Watch: The CCTV report that began the Dongguan prostitution scandal

The crackdown on the sex trade in Dongguan has widened to a national campaign, with the Ministry of Public Security vowing severe punishment for offenders across the country.

The ministry called on police at every level to act firmly against the "three vices" of prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking.

"Be resolute with the crackdown no matter who is involved, and regardless of what official ranks they are at, with no leniency or soft-heartedness," said a notice posted on the ministry's official website yesterday.

Police officers who shirked their duty would be held accountable, and any officer caught protecting offenders would be punished harshly.

Dongguan deputy mayor and police chief Yan Xiaokang was sacked on Friday for failing to curb rampant prostitution in the Guangdong industrial hub. Ten more senior police officers have been subject to punishment ranging from demerits to being fired after police raided nearly 2,000 entertainment venues last week following a TV exposé.

Eight other provinces including Zhejiang, Gansu, Shandong, Guangxi and Heilongjiang have made similar raids, indicating that the campaign was orchestrated at the top level of the central government.

Four top township officials in Dongguan made a public apology over the weekend for the "bad image" caused by the scandal to the city.

Professor Chen Zhonglin, dean of the law faculty of Chongqing University, said the vice crackdown would become a second major campaign launched by the central government, following the continuing drive to stamp out corruption.

"By combating the sex trade, gambling and drug trafficking, the government aims to tackle some deep-rooted problems," he said. "One of them is that economic development in many cities is built on unlawful activities."

Among other crackdowns last week, the public security bureau in Rugao city, Jiangsu province, deployed 200 police officers to inspect karaoke lounges. In Leiyang city, Hunan province, officers detained 79 suspects and shut down 22 brothels and casinos.

Professor Peng Peng , of Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences, said it was necessary to expand the scope of the crackdown, otherwise those involved in Dongguan's illicit trade might just move elsewhere.

On Saturday Hong Kong's police commissioner, Andy Tsang Wai-hung, said police in the city would increase operations against vice establishments.


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What a joke!!! These so called three vice are common issues world wide and with the exception of drug are mostly dealt with locally.
To me, there must be something going badly at the top the requires such action to distract the "
ignorant citizen of confucius". Not a good sign!!!
How about going after pollution instead? Muppet.
This is going to take all the fun out of going to do business in China for men around the world.
I guess for a paragon of all virtue like you, China can do no right. I remember about 10-15 years ago, HK was awash with righteousness accusing China of rampant corrution/debaunchery. Now that they're taking action, it becomes an act for ulterior motive. Cleansing corruption in my book & in many others is a good sign.
Scandal is defined as "an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage."
What has been going on in Dongguang or the rest of China is not an event or action, it is a well known business institution that has been on going for as long as I can remember. Politicians and the authorities are into it for such blatant and open way for business. The general public has accepted it as a way of life.
To call it a scandal now is a scandal by itself.
dongguan city mayor and police chief should be sacked immediately...and guangdong party chief and governor should also be reprimanded as well for turning the blindeye on this matter...very pathetic communist system...
Bo Xilai
The order from the dictatorship is "Be resolute with the crackdown no matter who is involved, and regardless of what official ranks they are at, with no leniency or soft-heartedness,"
...with the implicit caveat tacked on the end... "as long as they aren't senior members of the CPC".
What are you talking about. Those arrested were top CCP members. They were arrested because their actions were focusing public attnention on the ugly facet of CCP rule. Also Xi wants to consolidate his mandate. No wonder you (Bo Xilai) got arrested in Chongqing for stupidity.
'Crackdown' is an unfortunate wording for these circumstances + out of proportion
The cocaine sellers are only able to sell their crack once ..............
I would expect a coming downturn of china economy since these freedom indicators (three vices) indicated the downturn of freedom (individual freedom and business freedom). These three vices, though contribute no physical economic benefits, mirror the crazyness of govt regulations and laws.



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