Police arrested 13 people suspected to be involved in a prostitution ring operating out of a villa in Shanghai’s Minhang district, according to the Global Times.
The ring leader, surnamed Peng, began running a brothel out of a villa on Ziteng Road on March 25 after police began a campaign earlier this year that made it difficult for clubs and other establishments to offer illegal sex services, according to a press release from the Minhang District Public Security Bureau.
Many brothels in the city operate under the guise of saunas, bathhouses and massage parlors.Peng had owned a sauna in the Hongqiao area, but had to relocate after the crackdown began, police said.
The villa’s services were advertised through WeChat, where clients were meant to contact Peng and his crew in advance and negotiate prices. The prostitutions charged around 780 yuan. The villa had its own security guards and people were turned away at the door if they didn’t make prior arrangements.
Police were alerted to the setup when they received a report about possible prostitution at the villa. They raided the location on April 16 and arrested two pairs of suspects inside.
Last year on this month, police in Shanghai arrested over 30 people in a raid on brothels operating across from a middle school under the guise of massage parlors.
Ethnographer and sociologist Tricia Wang, who has written extensively on the subject of prostitution in China, said that the price ranges for Chinese brothels can be categorized as follows:
1. super high end brothel (10,000RMB and up) 2. the mayor’s brothel ( based off of conversations I estimate it to be around several thousand RMB) 3. the policeman’s brothel ( based off of conversations I estimate it to be around 200-1000RMB) 4. the business person’s (200-1000RMB) 5. the citizen’s brothels (5-100RMB) 6. street walkers who charge aound 20-50RMB – client pays for hotel