Three men received prison sentences on Tuesday after being found guilty of organizing a prostitution ring in Shanghai.
The group of men operated their business from a rented luxury apartment off West Beijing Road in Shanghai’s Jing’an District.
The men disguised the prostitution ring online by advertising foot massage services, the court heard. In reality, sex services were sold to more than 300 customers between November 10 and December 1 last year.
The ringleaders have been identified as two men surnamed Wang and Lin. Wang has been fined 20,000 yuan ($3,200) and sentenced to six years and six months behind bars. His associate, Lin, confessed to his crime and thus received a lighter sentence of four years and six months in prison, accompanied by a 10,000 yuan fine.
A third man, named Xiao Qiang, was sentenced to only two years and fined 5,000 yuan.
Prosecutors reported that the business operated from a luxury apartment in Jing’an from noon through 2:00 a.m. daily. As the chief operators, Wang and Lin had divided the apartment into 10 rooms, each kitted out with a bathroom and massage bed.
Customers paid 238 yuan for sex, of which the prostitutes only received 150, and the three men, of course, pocketed the rest of the money.
A 29-year-old woman surnamed Hu told police that she was able to earn more than 6,000 yuan in 10 days by selling sex to up to eight men per day. She continued to report that her co-workers would earn roughly the same amount.
The court did not disclose how many prostitutes had been working for the three men in the apartment.
Following a police raid on December 1, several of the customers and sex workers were given administrative detentions.
No more “happy endings” for these folks.
By Freya Twigden