Massive Police Crackdown on Dongguan Prostitution Industry

A prostitute and john arrested in Dongguan.


The most commented article on Chinese web portal NetEase of the day and week…

From NetEase:

Dongguan Deploys 6525 Police to Close Down 12 Businesses Involved in Prostitution

Summary: February 9th, CCTV reported on a number of hotels in Dongguan engaged in providing sex services. That afternoon, Dongguan deployed 6525 police officers to simultaneously shut down all the saunas, foot massage parlors, and places of entertainment [KTVs, bath houses, gentlemen clubs], arresting 67 individuals involved in the sex trade. The government leaders of five towns including Zhongtang and Huangjiang have been reprimanded, while the local police chiefs have all been suspended pending investigation.

From NetEase:

Dongguan Deploys Over 6000 Police to Investigate Businesses Suspected of Prostitution

The Guangdong Provincial Ministry of Public Security released information stating that at 9pm on the 9th, the Dongguan Public Security Bureau deployed a large number of police forces launched a raid on all the saunas, foot massage parlors, and places of entertainment to crack down on prostitution; the Dongguan city Zhongtang town Public Security Sub-Bureau Chief and the police chief who had jurisdiction over the hotel exposed by the media as being involved in providing prostitution have already been suspended pending investigation. Over 6000 police officers launched a coordinated operation against the entire city’s over 300 saunas, foot massage parlors, and KTVs. During the operation, locations that had already closed their doors at the time [pretending to be closed after having learned of the impending crackdown] were especially opened, and no signs [of prostitution activities] were ignored. From ChinaNews.

With over 1.3m views since it was uploaded a day ago…

On Youku:

CCTV Exposes Dongguan Sex Industry, Naked Selection [of Prostitutes] in Five Star Hotel

In Guangdong Dongguan, sexual services run rampant. In a five-star hotel, a CCTV reporter conducted an undercover investigation, and after being escorted to a room, there was a large full-length mirror in a corner. The manager says what’s special about it is what is behind the mirror. The manager turned off the light, lifted the curtain, and behind were two nearly naked women dancing.

Note: The full 24-minute report can be seen here.

Comments from Youku:


Heaven for Chinese men!!!!!


Is this an advertisement?


Why are the prices all different? Is it based on the looks or their work????? Or their age?????


Not stealing or robbing, making a living with their own abilities.


If the crackdown is severe, just how many people are going to be unemployed again?


Continues despite repeated prohibition, might as well just legalize it.


It’d be great if it were made legal…~ If they’re all closed, then there would be more rapes.


What I want to know is how the reporter excused himself [left without partaking in the services offered].


Dongguan is simply awesome!!!


Turns out whoring in Dongguan is no idle boast.


Can only say the reporter must’ve had a good time.


Dongguan is truly lawless, a place that is completely unregulated.


A profession that has existed for thousands of years in our country, why crack down on it?


Dongguan is screwed now.

非正嘞: (responding to above)

Why? Don’t be so naive.


It’s people’s physiological needs, there’s no need to be so harsh. How come you don’t go arrest all the people with mistresses? Why don’t you guys go do some real work?


When a reporter does an undercover investigation, does CCTV help reimburse expenses? I want to be a reporter too.


There was one from Sichuan. I’m sad.


Fortunately there wasn’t one from Zhejiang~~


This must be cracked down on and eliminated completely. Was our reform and opening up just for this?

Comments from NetEase (1 & 2):

足坛郎教授 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

The Dongguan problem does not need cracking down. Actually, it is similar to Stephen Chow’s movie [King of Beggars], Beggar Su: “How many beggars there are is not something that is decided by me, but by you.” The Emperor: “Me?” Beggar Su: “If you are wise, give the country prosperity and the people peace, who would be willing to be a beggar?”…

鸟托邦 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

The industry’s conscience [practices] is cleaner than the apes~

name6hujiahe [网易河南省新乡市网友]:

The suspending of the police chief is simply a scapegoat, because are the Dongguan mayor and even the Dongguan Public Security Bureau chief not the biggest culprits. Just like what Chongqing’s Wen Qiang said right before dying, rushing to me is nothing more than killing someone to keep them from talking.

网易广东省广州市网友 ip:112.96.*.*:

Good thing I watched the news in the morning and didn’t go in the evening. Information determines fate!

网易广东省深圳市罗湖区网友 ip:119.122.*.*:

Without the protection of government officials, Dongguan wouldn’t have become the industry’s benchmark/standard!

网易广东省广州市手机网友 [KCsan]:

Let me borrow a fellow netizen’s insightful comment: Some reporters are even bigger whores than whores. CCTV reporters brandishing CCTV’s power and the media’s so-called power of [media/public] supervision to secretly investigate [do undercover reporting] these kinds of businesses have themselves already made the mistake of “only seeing the sesame seed and not the watermelon” [“missing the forest for the trees”]. There are far more news that is far far more important than this kind of thing, but you never see CCTV reporters seriously reporting about them.

Would they dare to do undercover reporting of [government] halls and buildings? No, they wouldn’t dare. Would they dare to do undercover reporting of black brick kilns? No, they wouldn’t dare. Would they dare to do undercover reporting of sweatshops? No, they wouldn’t dare. Sometimes it is because they truly don’t dare, and other times it is because they truly aren’t able to do the hard work involved. They only do undercover reporting of saunas and hotels, using no effort at all, where they can use public funds to pretend to be consumers, to pretend to be a “big tailed wolf”, pointing at a row of young girls, then pull up their pants and call the police with a face of righteousness. Calling the police to them is just making an anonymous phone call, while those girls have to face the police checking their national ID cards, notifying their families, and even risk being publicly exposed. To the masses, it is nothing more than learning something they long knew already. To put it another way, going undercover to secretly report on saunas has no news value at all. The biggest lie in the world may not be “I love you”, nor is it “I’ll be right there”, but CCTV reporters doing undercover reporting in Dongguan yet saying they “want to leave”.

In my opinion, this kind of reporter that targets disadvantaged social groups and does news that costs nothing [is of no cost/risk to themselves] has nothing but cowardice and wretchedness in their bones. What is cowardly is that they do not have the courage to report the real news, afraid to face their own cynicism and zombieness. What is wretched is their eyes never leaving the women’s bodies, yet self-righteously pretending to be lawful and conscientious good people. They only dare to supervise [investigate, report on] the cunts of the masses. Looks like on whose body a cunt is on is truly a huge political issue.

网易江苏省南京市手机网友 ip:122.96.*.*: (responding to the above comment)

They take off their pants to visit prostitutes, and lift up their pants to crack down on prostitution.

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:211.140.*.*:

Those who have sold their souls often look down on those who have sold their bodies.

努力赚钱移民大日本帝国 [网易广东省肇庆市网友]:

Sorry for inconveniencing you, we’ll let you know when you can come back after the news dies down.

mickeyjiang [网易广东省东莞市手机网友]:

12 places? 67 people? You can take any town and there would be more than just 12 places, and there would be more than 67 people in any hotel. They’re just putting on a show, and it’ll be fine [back to normal] after a few days.

网易加拿大手机网友 ip:70.72.*.*:

CCTV, you and your fucking worthless reporting, which one of your female broadcasters and hosts aren’t the whores of some government leader?!

ucome888 [网易山东省威海市网友]:

I want to know, before this happened, did Dongguan police not know about these things? What about the bureau chief?

wushengxu534 [网易广东省阳江市网友]:

If I don’t go to a sauna, would I still have the opportunity in this life to touch the hand of a female goddess [beautiful woman]? I don’t have a car or a [owned] house/apartment, no women would want me.

叶倾城117 [网易广东省河源市网友]:

Those who have gone before, raise your hands.

台东达哥 [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

If it weren’t [reported] on Focus Interview [the CCTV news program], would there have been such a large police action?
Previously, the two police officers who answered the call said they would dispatch police to go investigation, but why didn’t they go, and could it be considered dereliction of duty? For over 10 years, the sex industry in Dongguan was not brought under control, so shouldn’t the mayor be held accountable?
I personally believe the sex industry shouldn’t be prohibited, but since the law is what it is, shouldn’t things be done according to the rules [shouldn’t the law be enforced more consistently]?

网易广西南宁市网友 ip:221.7.*.*:

For this, I can only say, “hehe”.

工人阶级先潜队 [网易江西省吉安市手机网友]:

Dongguan is a national model work unit, the only place with any hope of contending with Japan‘s sex/porn industry. The government should deeply investigate, consider the real situation, and take a path with Heavenly Kingdom characteristics. Since it has spurred domestic demand and saved millions of rabble from suffering the torment of Japanese AV [adult videos], what can one have against it?!

网易上海市手机网友 ip:112.64.*.*:

My girlfriend says her factory in Dongguan has closed down and she’s coming back to marry me, I’m so happy…

“Dongguan” is also currently a trending topic on Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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