False ad­dresses im­pede po­lice ef­forts to crack down on pros­ti­tu­tion, re­port says

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

Re­spond­ing to me­dia re­ports about the use of Baidu dig­i­tal maps to fa­cil­i­tate pros­ti­tu­tion, Baidu Map pledged to strictly ex­am­ine and up­date its data.

Le­gal Daily on Wed­nes­day gen­er­ated wide pub­lic at­ten­tion with a re­port about a loop­hole in the map­ping ser­vice that was ex­ploited by un­der­ground en­ter­tain­ment venues in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion. The venues regis­tered “points of in­ter­est” on the maps us­ing false in­for­ma­tion, the re­port said.

A POI, or point of in­ter­est, is a spe­cific lo­ca­tion that some­one may find use­ful or in­ter­est­ing on a dig­i­tal map. Af­ter ap­proval, any en­tity may show their lo­ca­tion on the map free of charge.

Or­ga­niz­ing pros­ti­tu­tion is il­le­gal un­der China’s Crim­i­nal Law, and those who re­cruit, hire, lure or force peo­ple to pro­vide sex­ual ser­vices are typ­i­cally sub­ject to five years to life in prison.

Any­one who hires a pros­ti­tute or who of­fers sex ser­vices

A thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion was car­ried out im­me­di­ately af­ter we learned of the me­dia re­ports and we re­moved all the POIs in ques­tion.” Baidu Map

can be pun­ished un­der the Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion Pun­ish­ment Law, up to a max­i­mum of 15 days’ de­ten­tion and

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