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 large.

They advertised and hired a number of youths to service clients, taking 30 yuan (3.6 dollars) from each prostitute for each client served.

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 prostitution rings.

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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