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Bank clerk arrested for running job-sex scam

A BEIJING bank clerk was arrested on Wednesday for posing as a recruiter of flight attendants to convince recent college graduates to have sex with him.

He had sex with eight girls in six months before he was caught after the ninth potential victim told her family.

The suspect took nude photos of the students on the pretext of physical exams and then threatened to expose the photos to discourage them from telling their families.

The suspect, who was identified as Liu, placed advertisements online and in newspapers from June to fool female students seeking jobs as flight attendants, according to Beijing Times. All the victims were taken to hotel rooms for a so-called "interview."

Liu demanded sex in exchange for a position. The victims told police they thought it was part of the recruitment process and was the norm for the industry.

Liu was seized when he tried to assault his ninth victim on December 6 in a hotel room. The woman, surnamed Kong, called her family in the hotel lobby after she made an excuse to leave the room.

According to Beijing police, the suspect produced false training agreements for a number of companies including China Southern Airlines Co Ltd.

Graduates had to pay at least 13,000 yuan (US$1,900) as training fees before being promised a job. The suspect then made off with the money.

This isn't the only case of crimes targeting desperate job-seeking graduates.

China's college graduates are desperate to find jobs as millions of workers have been laid off as a result of the global financial crisis. About 1.5 million graduates failed to land jobs last year.


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