Beijing: In a crack down on prostitution, many police personnel, including a high ranking officer, were suspended and a total of 67 people arrested in a Chinese city — known as the country’s “sex capital”.

During the crackdown, 12 entertainment venues involved in the illegal sex trade were shut down late last night at Dongguan in southern Guangdong province. The raids came after state broadcaster CCTV reported a dozen hotels in Dongguan offered sex services.

All local police station heads who were in charge of the districts where the entertainment venues were operating have been suspended pending further investigation, official media here reported.

One report said city’s police chief was also suspended.

Undercover CCTV reporters went to hotels in five areas of Dongguan, a city which has been infamous for its large scale illegal sex industry for over a decade.

The video taken by a hidden camera showed hotel managers organising young women to appear in front of the reporter for selection, state-run Global Times reported.

The selected women would presumably offer sex services for fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of yuan (USD 1 = Yuan 6.06).

The video also showed similar “beauty show” activities taking place in hotel rooms, the report said. In one room, two girls danced naked for customers.

Under the country’s law on penalties for administration of public security, prostitutes and customers are subject to detention and fines. Organisers are subject to criminal penalties.

Dongguan has long been known as China’s “capital of sex,” a moniker which was denied by its Mayor Yuan Baocheng.

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