Thursday, January 2, 2003
China cracks down on strippers
The sex industry is now tolerated in China
Police in China are trying to curb a proliferation of striptease shows.
Chinese state media says that the strippers have been performing in nightclubs, cinemas and even temples.
Now the government says the nude shows have to stop.
Authorities have arrested more than 200 performers and organisers.
In the early years of socialist austerity, gambling, prostitution and any form of lewd behaviour were considered counter-revolutionary.
Officially, authorities here still take the same high moral tone.
But strip shows, brothels and gambling dens are now tolerated in virtually every Chinese city.
State media says that before these recent arrests, police had turned a blind eye to the strippers.
Some local authorities are even accused of financial involvement in the shows.
This crackdown might put a temporary stop to stripping or it might just make the organisers more careful.
Either way, the moral authority of the communist regime is fast disappearing.
Created: January 2, 2003
Last modified: January 3, 2003
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