MORE than 60,000 suspects were detained by police in Guangdong in the latest crackdown on prostitution, gambling and drugs, it was reported yesterday. The crackdown was launched last month by the Guangdong authorities and was under the auspices of the Provincial Party Secretary and Central Politburo member Xie Fei. According to a report by the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency (HKCNA) yesterday, police in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai all achieved impressive results in the crackdown. The HKCNA said many vice operators had closed down their businesses because of the crackdown and some have gone into hiding to avoid the crackdown. In Guangzhou, police raided 1,155 hotels and guesthouses and hundreds of saunas and hair salons were searched. More than 2,000 suspects were taken into custody and over 400 were suspected to be involved in the prostitution business. The raid also led to the confiscation of more than one kilogram of drugs as well as a large quantity of pornographic videos. Similar results were achieved in Shenzhen, where over 500 suspects were arrested in less than a month. Six suspects are to face criminal prosecution and another 27 have been sentenced to ''re-education through labour''. A total of 427 suspects were put under ''shelter and re-education'', while 94 were under ''shelter and investigation'' there. A number of karaoke lounges, saunas, dance halls and hair salons were also raided in Zhuhai, the HKCNA said, without giving details of any arrests. But despite such impressive results, none of the suspects detained was identified as leading Communist Party cadres or government officials - the prime targets of the crackdown. The HCKNA said it feared that the many of the vice businesses would come back into operation as soon as the campaign was over. ''There has been a great deal of noise generated by this crackdown on prostitution, gambling and drugs, and we believe public order in Guangdong will improve as a result,'' the HKCNA said. ''But it is very hard to say whether this will last. Will prostitution, gambling and drugs come back when it is over?'' it added. In launching the campaign, Mr Xie reportedly said that police should hit hard on leading party and government officials who offered ''protection shelter'' to vice businesses. He was quoted as saying that prostitution, gambling and drugs had become rampant in Guangdong because some leading cadres had turned a blind eye to such crimes. Quoting from reports on investigations by the authorities, the HKCNA said many ''leading cadres'' in Guangdong believed the proliferation of drugs, prostitutes and gambling dens was a ''natural development'' as China opened its doors to foreign business. The investigation also said some party cadres even advocated the establishment of red light districts so that the Government would be able to ''manage'' the vice businesses better.