Chinese men jailed for operating gay prostitute ring
June 15, 2004
BEIJING — Two men from south China's Guangdong province have been fined
and jailed for organizing a gay prostitution ring, still a rarity
in conservative China, state media reported Tuesday.
Liu Xianzhi was sentenced to five years and Zhou Deming was
given six years by the People's Court of Yuexiu District in
Guangzhou city, the Xinhua news agency said.
They were also each fined 1,000 yuan (121 dollars).
The court heard that in July 2003 Liu started up a business
named "Dream of Males" offering sexual services to male clients
inside a flat in collaboration with Jiang Bo, who is still at
They advertised and hired a number of youths to service clients,
taking 30 yuan (3.6 dollars) from each prostitute for each client
Acting on a tip-offf, police detained Liu in July last year.
In the meantime, Zhou rented an apartment, also in Guangzhou, to
accommodate a dozen male youths who offered sex.
He was detained in September last year.
The court ruled that both Liu and Zhou disturbed "the good
social order and harmed fine social morality" by running
In a society where many homosexuals remain closeted, and are
married and lead straight lives to avoid social ridicule, the
demand for male prostitutes is high. – Sapa-AFP
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