Mobile porn in Beijing
March 29th, 2007

“Beijing police on Tuesday said that anyone found guilty of sending sexually explicit messages could face a fine of up to 3,000 yuan ($388) and as much as two weeks’ detention,”this China Daily article says.”They also cited the Criminal Law and Law on Public Security Administration, which state that anyone found guilty of selling porn messages could be subject to a jail term of between six months and three years.”The sending of pornographic text messages is becoming more prevalent in the capital,and there is evidence that a growing number of mobile-phone dealers are getting involved,”said the notice released by the city’s police bureau.Such dealers provide a service that allows mobile-phone users to download pornographic texts, pictures and movies.A picture might cost just 5 yuan (65 cents), and a one-hour porn movie less than 10 yuan ($1.30).Police said that in the past three weeks,19 secondhand mobile-phone dealers had been detained for selling porn.Four of them were caught on March 1 in the city’s Dongcheng District,according to public reports.The police claim to have apprehended them in the act of selling pornographic movies to a phone user.The case is still under investigation.Beijing has 26 secondhand mobile-phone markets with more than 1,400 stalls,many of which provide download services”.

Police get tough on mobile-phone porn


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