A total of 11 underage girls from Sichuan province were rescued after being abducted and forced to work for a Shanghai-based prostitution ring.
One of the girls, identified as 13-year-old Ren Xiaoqin from Luzhou, told her mother that she was going to attend a birthday party on October 5 and went missing afterwards. Less than 10 days later, she’d managed to get ahold of a phone to text her mother, saying she’d been taken and forced into prostitution in Shanghai.
Police were able to trace the case to He Shanbiao, a 40-year-old Chongqing man who was suspected to be the ringleader of a prostitution operation. Members of the gang reportedly ‘wooed’ young girls then delivered them to He in Shanghai, where they were forced to work as prostitutes. The group was referred to as the ‘spider gang’, as He had a distinguishable tattoo of a spider on his body.
The victims were all aged between 13 and 17 and were from either Luzhou or Chongqing. Police managed to track down the spider gang after visiting several spas in the city where prostitution services were offered, and by looking specifically for girls who spoke with a Luzhou or Chongqing accent.
By Tanto Chen
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