GUANGZHOU, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Police in south China's Guangdong Province have captured 3,033 suspects and busted 214 gangs in a crackdown on prostitution, they announced on Thursday.
The initiative was launched hours after a February media expose of the sex services offered at hotels in the city of Dongguan, which is notorious for its illegal sex trade.
Police have solved more than 1,100 prostitution-related cases after raiding nightclubs, saunas and other entertainment venues or hotels, and busting pimping gangs, said Zhen Zehui, head of the social safety administration under the provincial public security department.
Guangdong has shut down 269 venues and ordered 3,129 others to suspend operation, said Zhen.
The province has also focused on sex sold online by shutting down more than 1,200 illegal websites and over one million accounts with QQ, YY and WeChat, all popular instant messaging services in China.
The public security department said the crackdown had "effectively curbed" prostitution in Guangdong and promised to carry on the campaign till the end of this year.
Prostitution is illegal in China.