Beijing: Two heads of police sub-bureaus are among 23 officers prosecuted for abusing their power to shield prostitution rings in south China`s Guangdong Province.
After a media expose of the sex trade in hotels in the city in February, the government launched a clean up campaign.
Dongguan city has a very well established reputation as a centre of the illegal sex trade.
Dongguan Procuratorate announced today that 23 officers including He Cheng, head of Zhongtang Public Security sub-bureau and Deng Jinxiang, head of Huangjiang Public Security sub-bureau, have been prosecuted for providing a "protective umbrella" for the sex trade.
Police have apprehended 3,033 suspects and uncovered 214 gangs since February, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Despite being illegal in China, prostitution is a booming industry in many cities.
Prostitution in hotels and entertainment venues in Dongguan was so widespread that the city has the moniker of "sex capital" of China.