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Sex show club closed in police clampdown

A NIGHTCLUB in downtown Jing'an District has been closed after it was found to be staging sex shows, police said.

Following a police raid, the Xuangong Club on Kangding Road was told to shut for six months. Fifteen people were detained for prostitution and related crimes.

The raid was part of a nationwide crackdown in nine cities in Jilin, Guangdong, Hainan, Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces, in addition to Shanghai. Around 370 people were detained across China, police said.

City police said yesterday that they will strictly follow Ministry of Public Security instructions and target prostitution in entertainment venues across the city. Officers told Shanghai Daily that they have been raiding illegal venues regularly this year.

In one recent raid, police detained 30 people in Qingpu District for prostitution and related crimes.

And more than 60 people were detained when police raided 14 foot massage parlors on Qingzhen Road in Xuhui District in August. Secret rooms for sex services were found on some premises.

Officers said some 1,800 venues across the city, including small hair salons and massage parlors, have been punished this year for offering prostitution services. Some were fined or closed down.

Police intend to continue their crackdown by undertaking more undercover inspections. They will also cooperate closely with other bureaus to improve supervision, police said.

Officers also encouraged residents to keep providing tip-offs about businesses suspected of offering sexual services. Some 789 reports were received in the first seven months of the year.

Around 200,000 employees of massage parlors, karaoke venues and other areas of the entertainment industry have registered with the police since 2005. This allows officers to monitor venues and prevent illegal business.


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