Club at land­mark closes af­ter sex sting

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing po­lice de­tained more than 100 peo­ple sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion af­ter raids at three night­clubs, part of a cam­paign to step up se­cu­rity over the fes­tive sea­son.

The city’s pub­lic se­cu­rity bureau re­leased a state­ment on Sun­day nam­ing the clubs, which at­tracted wide at­ten­tion as one is lo­cated in Poly Plaza, a land­mark build­ing in Chaoyang district owned by a State-run con­glom­er­ate.

More than 400 po­lice of­fi­cers and aux­il­iary per­son­nel took part in the week­end cam­paign, which also in­cluded vis­its to shop­ping malls and cen­tral busi­ness ar­eas. The night­club ar­rests were made on Fri­day night.

China Poly Group Co said in a state­ment on Mon­day that Baoli Club, which uses the same Chi­nese char­ac­ters as the Poly brand, had in­fringed on its trade­mark and was not au­tho­rized to use the name.

The con­glom­er­ate was ir­rel­e­vant to all con­se­quences and li­a­bil­i­ties caused by any en­tity that il­le­gally bears its trade­mark, the state­ment said.

A job ad­ver­tise­ment on the club’s web­site for hostesses says it is look­ing for women aged 16 to 28 and of­fers a daily salary of 1,000 to 1,500 yuan ($140 to $215).

Baoli Club and the other two clubs, Landai Club and Li­haim­ingyuan, both in Haid­ian district, were or­dered to close, po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent is the lat­est high-pro­file case in­volv­ing pros­ti­tu­tion.

In May last year, two peo­ple were sen­tenced to life in prison for run­ning a gam­bling and pros­ti­tu­tion ring at Royal No 1 Night­club in Zhengzhou, cap­i­tal of He­nan prov­ince. Another 85 peo­ple were also jailed.

More than 2,900 women had pro­vided sex­ual ser­vices be­fore the club was raided and or­dered to close in Novem­ber 2013.

A to­tal of 152 po­lice of­fi­cers were also pun­ished for cov­er­ing up the ring and more than 8 mil­lion yuan in bribes was seized.

were pun­ished for cov­er­ing up the pros­ti­tu­tion ring at Royal No 1 Night­club in Zhengzhou.

LIU CHANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A no­tice at the en­trance of Baoli Club in Bei­jing’s Chaoyang district says it has sus­pended busi­ness.

CHENG GONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A ma­glev train for Bei­jing’s new S1 line on Sun­day. The ma­glev line is ex­pected to start op­er­a­tion by the end of next year.

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