By Erik Crouch.
Image credit: @sanctu
Anti-corruption prosecutors in Beijing have found themselves in the dark and seedy underworld of… super-high-end beauty salons. A recent embezzlement scandal has revealed that thirteen female party cadres illegally accepted gift certificates to luxurious salons, spas, and hair dressers in exchange for political favours. Although the Communist Party appreciates the “beautiful scenery” provided by its women, this is a step too far according to South China Morning Post.
Prosecutors said most of the officials being investigated were aged between 40 and 50. Some were so addicted to visiting beauty salons that they had clocked up more than 100 visits. […]
A mid-level official with the municipal finance bureau, Yang Ping, was arrested for asking people seeking favours to buy her prepaid cosmetic treatment cards worth 558,000 yuan between 2004 and last year.
This news comes while many are hopeful that Xi Jinping will begin to take bribery and corruption more seriously, and while confidence in China’s anti-corruption forces are at a five-year low. These thirteen women, if nothing else, bring a clean, tightened, and styled face to bribery and corruption.