Hong Kong police smash alleged 'Facebook sex club' involving teenagers
Police arrest suspected organiser of 60-strong sex club that used social media to advertise parties and broadcast them live
Police have smashed a suspected sex club said to have used Facebook and WeChat to lure people, including teenagers, to wild sex parties at hotels and even in shopping mall staircases.
Officers raided a hotel room in Mong Kok on Saturday after an undercover officer successfully infiltrated the group and found that a party, advertised as featuring buggery, would take place that day.
Police said they arrested the 36-year-old club organiser and a 40-year-old club member inside the room. The organiser's girlfriend, 20, was also present, officers added.
The organiser was arrested on suspicion of crimes including procuring a woman by threat, living on the earnings of prostitution and publishing obscene articles. The 40-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted buggery with a girl under 21.
Chief inspector Law Kwok-hoi of the New Territories North regional crime unit said the King Sex Club was set up in April and five parties had taken place since then.
"The organiser set up private groups on Facebook and WeChat with restricted access to communicate with members. Videos and photos of previous sex parties were updated there," Law said.
He said the organiser charged membership fees of HK$500 to HK$2,000, with an extra HK$300 to HK$500 charged per party.
While venues included hotel rooms, police said public places such as staircases at shopping malls had also been used.
"The organiser would take pictures and videos of the sex acts and put them up on the internet," said Law. It is believed that absent group members could watch the parties live on the internet.
The group was said to have about 60 members, and the organiser had already made more than HK$100,000.
Officers also seized 60 sex toys, 30 costumes, 10 smartphones and five computers from a storage room rented by the alleged organiser in a Tsuen Wan factory, Law said.
Law said the organiser met his girlfriend, who is now in her first year of university, in October last year and is believed to have lured the girl into having sex with club members.
A total of five men and two women have been arrested since September as part of a crackdown - codenamed Operation Seabeatle - on illegal sexual activities involving teenagers and advertised over the internet or using mobile applications.
Leticia Lee See-yin, president of the Parents' Association of Hong Kong, called on parents to teach their children to be aware of internet sex traps. She warned that parents who use Facebook made the site more appealing for children. "They need to teach their children what to do and what not to do," she added.