A retired official in Henan province is being investigated after photos of him sexing a former mistress emerged online, the Southern Metro Daily reports.
The photos of Zhang Minqiang, former head of Shanqiu’s Bureau of Letters and Calls (the department which handles citizens’ complaints about officials), were apparently released by his former mistress, who told the Southern Metro Daily that she feared for her safety after Zhang hired thugs to harass her and threatened to kill her over a debt he claimed she owed him.
Zou Li (a pseudonym) said that Zhang was something of an amateur porn master, “He would videotape every act of sexual intercourse and imitate poses of porn stars,” said the mistress, “Then he would watch it afterwards.”
Zou claims that she met Zhang in 2006 when she was herself a petitioner to his bureau, Zhang seemed sympathetic and promised to help her find a government job… if she paid him a 100,000 yuan bribe.
After Zou paid the bribe, Zhang took her out for dinner, where he promptly drugged and raped her. Zhang forced Zou to have sex with him and pay him ever increasing sums of money for several years until the woman finally went public with the story this week.
On Weibo, one netizen pointed out the dark irony in Zhang’s alleged horrific exploitation of Zou, given that he was the head of the bureau “which is supposed to help people”.
[Translations by the SCMP, which also features the pretty great headline “Sex photos lead to probe of retired Henan official“]