3. Online prostitution ring busted
Shenzhen police recently busted a prostitution organization operated via WeChat and arrested 349 suspects. A total of 32 million yuan (US$5.10 million) was confiscated.
In September 2017, the Ministry of Public Security sent a clue to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau, requiring it to investigate a group arranging for Chinese women to be prostitutes in Malaysia.
After a three-month investigation, the two suspected ringleaders, surnamed Li and Liu, were exposed. The ring had set up five WeChat groups for prostitution since 2015 and organized the crimes in Malaysia to evade punishment.
Through cooperation with Malaysian police, the task force from Shenzhen confirmed nine locations involved in the prostitution.
On Dec. 12, Li was caught by Malaysian police and at the same time, police in Guangdong, Hunan and Malaysia seized 349 suspects in a coordinated action. The ring leader, Liu, was caught in Hunan.
Li, 32, a native of Hunan, got into the pimping business by introducing women to work in Dongguan and Hong Kong. In 2015, Li conspired with Liu to set up a front company called Changsha Mingri Jinchen Science and Technology Co. Ltd. to cover up their crimes via WeChat.
Li and Liu controlled the online cash transactions of five WeChat accounts and developed an app for prostitution.
To evade punishment, they used bank cards opened by Malaysians in China to withdraw and transfer money.
In Malaysia, the ring members recruited prostitutes via WeChat and sent their information along with photos back to the company. The company even spent money to brand the prostitutes as movie stars and models for companies on fake websites and spread them online using Internet links.
The pimps, prostitutes and patrons conducting the transactions online didn’t know each other in real life.
Transaction records showed the ring had earned 100 million yuan since 2017.
4. Sports meet for autistic kids
Autistic children during a parent-child sports meet yesterday afternoon at Shenzhen Stadium in Futian District. Sponsored by 14 enterprises and agencies, the sports meet was one of a series of activities to be held during the autism-friendly week. Nearly 400 families with autistic children attended the sports meet. Sun Yuchen