China ministry urges sex-trade crackdown after criticism
BEIJING (AFP) - China's public security ministry has ordered a nationwide crackdown on the sex trade following an expose of a city known for prostitution amid criticism authorities long turned a blind eye.
Authorities have vowed sweeping campaigns since the state broadcaster CCTV reported on the thriving sex industry in the southern city of Dongguan a week ago. Its police chief has been sacked and at least 920 suspects netted across Guangdong province, which includes Dongguan.
But ordinary Chinese and even state media have raised their eyebrows at the full-throated crackdown pledges.
Across the country, the Ministry of Public Security has "demanded the swift adoption of firm measures, to resolutely correct and seriously investigate and deal with (the problem), and to resolutely crack down on prostitution organisers, operators and behind-the-scenes protectors", it said on its website on Sunday.