China Internet pornographers face life in prison

I’d find a new livelihood, fast.

China is stepping up its hard line against internet pornography by threatening life imprisonment for anyoner caught peddling porn.

Ne’er-do-wells involved in the production and distribution of online adult content – including “phone sex” – faces a range of punishments including compulsory surveillance and imprisonment. Those behind sites that generate more than 250,000 hits will be treated as “very severe” and could face life imprisonment.

The rules, drawn up by China’s Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate, come into effect today. The new regime applies to both profit-making and non-profit-making operations that deal in sex, official news agency Xinhua reports.

A legal official quoted by the agency said the new rules “aim to maintain the normal order of the public network and communications and the legal rights and interests of the public”.

In recent months China has closed hundreds of sites in a massive crackdown on internet pornography. Officials are concerned about the rampant increase in online porn, claiming that that it “severely damaged social style, polluted the social environment, and harmed the physical and psychological health of the young people”.

Even phone sex?? Now that’s going too far….

The Discussion: 4 Comments

There was a documentary about ‘phone sex’ some years back, which took a humorous look at the intercourse (verbal, that was!). The most popular (and of course ‘sexiest’) females voices actually belonged to a couple of men. The aural, or should it be ‘oral’ – heh heh heh!, Oscars to them!

I think the general thrust against porn is OK – unfortunately some less evil varieties will be thrown into the same basket, but at this infancy stage of China’s attempt to clean up sleaze I am afraid that’s the price to pay, not that I will fret over it. [my blood is still boiling at the cases of those unfortunate girls being forced into prostitution – see “Two China’s”]

The real target should be paedophiliac porn – catch those guys and throw them into a dungeon, and then toss the key away.

September 6, 2004 @ 6:18 pm | Comment

I have some questions about the Chinese legal system. Does anyone know if the Supreme People’s Procuratorate operates in a similar manner to the Soviet procuracy? I have been reading some issues about Post-Soviet Russian law and it appears that the former Procurator’s office is still quite potent in the Russian judicial system.

September 6, 2004 @ 7:42 pm | Comment

will i get in trouble for looking at internet pornography? if so, i might be in for a couple consecutive life sentences… whew, that would be embarassing!

September 8, 2004 @ 2:34 am | Comment


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