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Sex card games a hit with teens

LOCAL parents are angry to see that some board games have been converted into adult sex games, teaching their kids to have sex, use drugs and even commit crimes.

A mother, surnamed Lin, of a 16-year-old son complained that she discovered a card from one sex board game in her son's room - the card features a cartoon showing two characters having sex.

"I have banned my son from watching porn movies and playing porn video games, but it never occurred to me that even board games nowadays are designed with such dirty themes," said Lin.

Her concerns over the influence of sex board games are echoed by many other parents, who are now terrified to see their children becoming obsessed with the games - they don't know how to get them banned, due to an absence of laws regulating the issue.

There are no laws right now to regulate the rise of board game cafes, which only emerged in recent years, and there are no rating systems to specify adult games from others, so teenagers can easily get the games from board game cafes or purchase them online, said a local lawyer.

The board game industry is well developed in other countries, with various kinds of games, including some adult games, already translated into Chinese and are available on the Chinese domestic market.

E-commerce trade

Shanghai Daily found some famous sex board games to be selling well on the country's popular e-commerce platform,

The games, priced at 20 yuan (US$3) to 50 yuan each, are usually card games where players draw cards and follow whatever the instructions say. Some cards require players to take off their clothes in front of the other players, while others may instruct the players to indulge in intimate actions with their friends, such as kissing and touching body parts.

Although the cards are mostly just pictures with cartoon figures, which can not be defined as pornography, the pictures and words on the cards often suggest activities such as premarital sex, one night stands, the use of drugs and even committing crimes.

Some local board game cafes are even offering private rooms which allow teenagers to play the sex games in -private, according to the Youth Daily.

The newspaper said some cafe owners in Zhabei District had seen young girls taking off their clothes in front of the others, but they hadn't stopped them for fear of losing customers.

Local police told the newspaper that the sex board games could not be banned under the offence of spreading pornographic contents until the city's cultural law enforcement teams defined them as pornographic games.


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