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Chinese firm ordered to remove sexually suggestive Valentine’s Day advertisements

Writing on firm’s vans suggested they were available for sex

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2017, 3:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 February, 2017, 3:26pm

An internet start-up in southwestern China has been ordered to cease advertisements suggesting people have sex in its vehicles.

The firm’s two touring vans had been driven around downtown Chengdu, Sichuan province, showing sexually suggestive slogans, news portal reported on Wednesday.

The slogans included lines such as “Valentine’s Day mobile PaPa vehicle”, “Wave and we’ll stop for you” and “PaPaPa”, which is popular online slang in China for having sex.

The advertisements also encouraged people to scan a QR code to follow the company on social media in exchange for gifts.

A reporter said he was invited to board the van after following the account and was presented with gifts such as roses and chocolate.

A staff member from the company said the advertisements were part of a Valentine’s Day campaign and that they would not allow participants to have sex in its vehicles.

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The Chengdu Bureau for Industry and Commerce said it had received complaints from residents regarding the advertisements and had ordered the firm to remove them.

By Tuesday afternoon, the firm had covered up the controversial elements of the advertisements using cardboard boxes, according to the report.