So-called “porcelain bumper gangs” which fake traffic accidents to extort money from victims are plaguing highways of Southern China in the run-up to Lunar New Year. Photo: SCMP Composite.
So-called “porcelain bumper gangs” which fake traffic accidents to extort money from victims are plaguing highways of Southern China in the run-up to Lunar New Year. Photo: SCMP Composite.

‘Porcelain bumpers’: curse of ‘Somali highways’ hits Chinese streets as road-racketeers ramp up crime spree ahead of Lunar New Year

  • Chinese police bust nine criminal gangs who targeted road users by creating fake traffic accidents then demanded victims pay compensation
  • Crime has become so prevalent that the type of highway robbery involved has been compared to activities of Somali pirates off coast of Africa

So-called “porcelain bumper gangs” which fake traffic accidents to extort money from victims are plaguing highways of Southern China in the run-up to Lunar New Year. Photo: SCMP Composite.
So-called “porcelain bumper gangs” which fake traffic accidents to extort money from victims are plaguing highways of Southern China in the run-up to Lunar New Year. Photo: SCMP Composite.
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