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Parents tricked police into false prostitution arrests, investigators say

AN unmarried couple in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, lured police into wrongly detaining two of their daughters for prostitution and faked their virginity reports to demand compensation.

Kunming prosecutors and police announced the results of their investigation last night, Xinhua news agency reported today.

The father Liu Shihua was arrested and Zhang Anfeng, the mother, was released on bail, Kunming police said.

Prosecutors denied the couple's claim that police had beaten them for confessions after they were detained.

Police said Liu and Zhang had their daughter Chen Yan, a pseudonym, provide prostitution at their residence starting in October 2008.

On March 16, patrol officers with Kunming's Wangjiaqiao Police station noticed Chen took a man surnamed Wang to the residence for sex.

The officers, who are not licensed to conduct arrests, alerted police to come for a raid.

Liu found patrol staff waiting outside his home. He, Zhang and their friend Pu Enfu then decided to fool the police, the report said.

They hid Chen and then got one of Zhang's older sisters to put on her clothes and escort Wang out of their home.

Police rounded up six people at the scene -- Liu, Zhang, Pu, Zhang's two daughters and another family friend. Chen was not arrested as she was hiding in the home.

The six were released the next morning as police said they were not caught in the act.

On March 20, the couple lodged complaints to Wuhua District police and asked for compensation of 200,000 yuan (US$29,259). After the talks failed, they provided fake virginity reports to local media to publish, the report said.

They also claimed police had beaten them up in detention as Pu reported two broken ribs.

But a police investigation found the broken ribs were caused during the arrest as Pu had resisted officers. Liu used a knife to fight police and Pu picked up a log in the clash. Zhang injured a patrol officer Li Jiaquan in his left eye, the report said.

Police didn't beat the six in detention to force a confession, prosecutors confirmed after investigating.

But prosecutors did say the officers mishandled the arrest.

Nie Tianjie, director of Wangjiaqiao police station, was given an administrative demerit while Wang Yunhui, captain of the station's criminal police squad, was handed an administrative warning. The patrol officers, Li Jiaquan and Nie Zhenglu, who injured Pu in the arrest were sacked.

The police have asked Wuhua District education authority to arrange new schooling for Zhang's two daughters, both grade-6 primary school pupils.

Liu had previously been sentenced to nine years in jail for robbery and Pu had been jailed for 30 months for theft, police said.


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