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Chinese police crack down on internet crimes 2007-04-13 18:11:52
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    BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Public Security Friday gave details of 10 major criminal cases involving the internet, pornography, gambling and fraud.

    Zhang Xuhui from Xuchang City, in central China's Henan Province, set up a "blue" website with more than 120 pornographic movies in October 2006. More than 5,600 netizens visited the website shortly after it was opened.

    Zhang was arrested by local police in October 2006, and sentenced to one year in prison with a year reprieve by the local court.

    Zhang Yuancheng from Jingzhou City in central China's Hubei Province opened two pornographic websites in 2006, offering cyber strip shows.

    When local police shut down the websites and arrested Zhang, the two websites had more than 4,000 members and 400 performers. The daily profit of each website exceeded 10,000 yuan (about 1,300 U.S. dollars).

    Zhang Yuancheng was sentenced to four years in prison by the local court.

    A man named Wang in Yichang City of Hubei Province had a no-clothes chat with a woman on the internet during which he took photos of his naked companion, and afterwards sent her the photos in order to extort money from her.

    Local police arrested Wang on Sept. 21 last year. The case, the first of its kind in the province, is still under investigation.

    Police in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, captured 12 members of a prostitution gang in January 2007 and confiscated five computers. The gang was using the web to provide prostitution services.

    A criminal surnamed Li opened a pornographic website in north China's Tianjin Municipality to distribute pornographic materials. When police shut down the website and arrested Li in May 2006, the website had more than 260,000 members.

    Li was sentenced to four years in prison by a local court.

    Police in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, arrested four suspects accused of sending a large number of pornographic emails, and confiscated more than 400 computers used by the suspects.

    The case is undergoing further investigation.

    In January 2007, Beijing police swooped on a gang that used the internet to organize prostitution activities on a wide scale. A total of 151 people including organizers, prostitutes and their clients were arrested, and 42 mobile phones and 195 computers confiscated.

    Police in Yangzhou City, in east China's Jiangsu Province, cracked a web gambling case in October 2006, arresting 37 suspects. The suspects ran the on-line gambling site for nearly two years, with more than 4 billion yuan involved.

    Two other cases involving web fraud and theft were cracked in Mudanjiang City, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, and Xuzhou City, in east China's Jiangsu Province. Several hundred people were cheated in the two cases.

Editor: Gao Ying
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