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Police bust vice racket behind city's biggest porn website Sex 141

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 December, 2013, 8:57pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 1:55pm

A vice racket that pocketed an estimated HK$60 million a year running the city's biggest porn website has been smashed by police following the arrest of 114 people in the past three days.

Officers seized three computer servers in Kwai Chung used to host the Sex 141 site, which featured advertisements for hundreds of prostitutes.

Police also closed down a production house, photo studio and publication company run by the syndicate in Sham Shui Po. The publication company released a monthly magazine advertising prostitute services.

Senior Superintendent Joseph Au Chin-chau of the New Territories South regional crime unit said the syndicate generated income from advertisements on the website and in the magazine.

"Each local sex worker was charged up to HK$1,500 a month for advertising their services on both platforms," Au said.

"Other gangs who arranged for mainland prostitutes to come to Hong Kong to work were charged between HK$5,100 and HK$18,200 each for 12 days of advertising of sex workers."

At the studio in Sham Shui Po, sex workers were offered a free make-up service and costumes such as school uniforms before having photographs taken and videos made, police said.

"The photographs and video clips were then sent to the production house before being uploaded to the site," Au said.

The syndicate used more than 100 bank accounts to launder illegal proceeds, according to police.

Since Tuesday, more than 250 officers have raided 38 locations, including several hotels, across the city and arrested 114 people aged 17 to 63. Officers also seized HK$3.2 million in cash.

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Sticks Evans
They should have offered the cops donuts.
HiggsSinglet
This is a waste of public resource
dead2k1
moved
Giwaffe
So the police shutdown a magazine that serves as a marketing tool for workers in the sex industry. What a waste of police manpower, an impediment to economic development, and an infringement of the fundamental right of individuals to earn their living and do business. Those sex workers who advertised on sex141 will now have to find an alternate avenue of marketing, otherwise they will suffer a decline in revenue. These are people who choose to work for their living as opposed to living off the public purse (such as welfare), do so voluntarily, do not hurt anyone else, and the government decides to make their lives difficult. Sad and despicable.

The proceeds and prostitution itself are only "illegal" because there are some pass-me-down laws from the British that ought to have been repealed long ago. Such obsolete, draconian laws against anything related to earning a living from selling sexual services require immediate repeal. Sex workers require protection, appreciation, and recognition, not stigmatization and scorn.
dead2k1
I disagree. the laws are aimed at preventing girls from being forced into prostitution by PIMPS and HUMAN SMUGGLING.
While it still CLEARLY has taken place for some years, removing those laws means that pimps, unless charged with some other crime like false imprisonment or theft of transit documents,etc, would not be illegal.
These laws provide protection for sex workers and help prevent women from becoming slaves to pimps and being trafficked.
In practice the laws do not prohibit prostitution in itself. Only the third party structure usually provided by pimps and gangs.
Giwaffe
@dead2k1: I strongly suggest you check the facts first.

For instance, I highly doubt the sex workers in the Netherlands are forced into the trade by pimps. Since it is a perfectly legal industry, people are free to join and leave as they want. Legalization and regulation is the way to protect workers, not criminalization.

To further clarify, I fully support laws against traf****. What I am against are laws that criminalize prostitution.
tomonday
damn!
chanwan
A note for the police. The proper charge to go after is "Conspiracy to Corrupt Public moral" under common law.
chaz_hen
This is clearly an infringement of at least a couple of Hong Kong's "core values".
bobo.hongkong.5
yeah should employ individual service:
xxxx(dot)hk
 
 
 
 
 

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