Netizens beware! Posting salacious content on your blog could land you with a warning from the police, with the added bonus of the great firewall of china snaking its way around your site. A Shanghai blogger, surnamed Guan, has been warned by the police for ‘spreading rumours’ online, after a price list of mistresses from local colleges was posted.
Ranging from 20,000 to 500,000 RMB per year, these girls came from a handful of well known colleges in Shanghai. The more prestigious the university, the higher the cost, with Fudan and Jiaotong coming out top. After her post was ruled as a violation of local Internet regulations, Guan received a police warning and her blog was promptly blocked.
Universities, not surprisingly, were quick to dismiss the validity of this post.
“Many things online are exaggerated and lack credibility,” said Zhang Shengquan, an official at Shanghai Theatre Academy, a college on the list. “Some individual cases (of women willing to be mistresses) don’t represent everyone.”
An alleged agent, calling himself “Student Ding”, claims having made the list to attract attention from potential clients. He told Shanghai Daily that the business was real, “But I usually negotiate with the client directly.
It seems that the Ding in this story is the same as one in a article by the LA Times from last week. That much more detailed report reveals Ding to be a senior at Shanghai University, who has “found his niche arranging long-term, cash-for-sex arrangements between wealthy men and aspirational students, taking a 10% commission off the top.”
According to Ding the list is only delivered, with a great air of secrecy, to drivers of expensive cars on the street. So If you’re sick of the cold nights alone, get a Ferrari and do some research on your own about whether this story is true or not! Wait… that advice isn’t going to get us blocked, is it?