Written by Staff Writer
17 Feb, 2014 | 6:42 pm
Hong Kong police plan to step up efforts against vice operations in the city following a massive crackdown on prostitution last week across the Chinese border, where police in Dongguan raided 2000 establishments and detained more than 900 people.
Senior Hong Kong police expressed fears that the Special Administrative Zone could fill the vice vacuum left after the raids by more than 6000 police on the Chinese industrial city just 60 miles (100km) to the north.
Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung told local media that police would be stepping up operations against the sex trade, adding that proliferation of vice in the territory was a concern following the crackdown.
“There is definitely potential for the sex trade to suddenly grow quickly here but it won’t just be confined to a rise in prostitution,” a senior Hong Kong police office told the South China Morning Post. “It will bring with it all the usual vice that goes with it: narcotics, money laundering, triad protection.”
The Chinese Ministry of Public Security on Sunday ordered police across China to step up efforts to tackle the “three vices” — prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking — warning officials they would be held accountable for illegal activities.
While Dongguan, situated between the large population zones of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, has long been associated with prostitution — it is known as China’s “sin city” — China’s Ministry of Public Security has indicated it will not limit the crackdown to the city, and that the operations will also target officials benefiting from the trade.
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