China sex trade: Hundreds arrested in raids by Beijing police

Several people from Baoli Club, located in Beijing�s Dongcheng district and two other clubs in the Haidian district were nabbed following the raid

China sex trade: Hundreds arrested in raids by Beijing police

More than hundred people were arrested in the Chinese capital for their alleged involvement in sex work, authorities have reported. According to state-run daily Global Times, Beijing police busted numerous entertainment venues on Friday based on a tip-off.

Several people from Baoli Club, located in Beijing’s Dongcheng district and two other clubs in the Haidian district were nabbed following the raid. Beijing-based newspaper

Legal Mirror reported that the police has closed three clubs.

The report also said that police arrived and blocked the parking lot, and arrested about 60 people including waiters and security guards from the club. It also quoted workers from Landai club saying the police raided the premises and took away over 300 club employees including 100 women.

The statement from the police said the investigation was underway.

Global Times in its report said that the new crackdown on entertainment venues was similar to a  shutdown of a prominent nightclub in Beijing in 2010, Passion Club, also known as Tianshang Renjian (paradise on earth) in Chinese.

It was shut down for six months, considered as the maximum penalty for entertainment venues that provide escort services. Reports say that Beijing police has raided thousands of such entertainment venues, closed down 35 of them and detained more than 1132 people in order to clean up the city's sex industry in 2010.