A former cam girl has been sentenced to 4 years in prison and fined 100,000 yuan for her part in a series of “obscene” videos.
The 21-year-old woman surnamed Lin first came on police’s radar back in March when a video titled “Chengdu Foursome” went viral online. The aptly-titled video featured two women and two men engaging in a foursome. Local police in nearby Mianzhu city wasted no time in investigating, Chengdu Business Daily reports.
They were quickly able to identify one of the young women involved in the video as a webcam host going by the name “Sydney Gun” or “Xue Liqiang (雪梨枪).” The woman was part of a group that had already put together a collection of 31 “obscene” videos and accumulated 40,000 fans online.
Police arrested Lin and her compatriots on May 4th, after she arrived back from a trip to Dubai. Officers found that Lin did not come from a poor background, both of her parents were employed. Police instead claimed that she chose her profession out of a “perverse” desire to be famous. Lin said that after graduating from college she had got a job as a saleswoman, but grew tired of it and quit.
Lin confessed that they had shot the “Chengdu Foursome” video in order to gain more followers. Her webcasts mostly involve her talking with and teasing her fans, finding different ways of exposing her cleavage. Before her arrest, she had amassed 40,000 followers across multiple live-streaming platforms and had made 75,000 yuan for her efforts.
For this, Lin was charged yesterday with disseminating pornographic material for profit and sentenced yesterday to 4 years in prison and fined 100,000 yuan.
She becomes the most unfortunate victim of China’s ongoing crackdown on the booming domestic live-streaming industry. A number of Chinese online services, including Weibo, have capitalized on the movement, providing streams of people playing computer games or eating.
Of course, one important part of industry involves young camgirls — or online hostesses — who can make some serious cash by enticing and teasing their viewers into purchasing virtual gifts for them, like roses, chocolates and designer bags. Obviously, the further a girl is willing to go, the more virtual chocolates she is likely to get.
Some hosts have simply ignored all pretenses of trying to keep things PG-13, stripping, posing nude and having sex on their channel to win more followers. Back in July, one young woman managed to attract 100,000 viewers by seductively dancing next to a toilet before her stream was shut down. To put a stop to all of this, China has cracked down on lewd content with a number of regulations this year, including a ban on camgirls eating bananas.
And after this ruling, we don’t think any online hostesses are going anywhere near a banana any time soon.
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