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Police cleared of forced confession claim

PROSECUTORS have refuted a claim by a couple that they were forced by local police into confessing to tricking police into arresting their daughters for prostitution.

A Beijing-based newspaper quoted the unmarried couple as saying that police officers had forced them to say they had lured police into wrongly detaining two of their daughters for prostitution and faked their virginity reports for compensation.

A spokesman for the Kunming procuratorate in southwest China's Yunnan Province, told today's Legal Evening News the report was one-sided and was based on an interview with just one of the parties involved.

Prosecutors had published the results of their investigation into the case in early June, but the Beijing report had aroused concerns again.

According to the investigation, police said Liu and Zhang forced their daughter Chen Yan (not her real name) to work as a prostitute at their home from October 2008.

While police were keeping Chen under observation on March 16, the couple decided to fool the officers. They hid Chen and got Zhang's older daughter to put on Chen's clothes and escort Chen's client out of their home.

The couple, Zhang's two daughters and friends were detained but they were released the next morning.

The couple faked virginity reports for the two girls and asked for compensation of 200,000 yuan (US$29,000) from the police for wrongful arrests.

Subsequently the father Liu Shihua was arrested and Zhang Anfeng, the mother, was released on bail.


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