CHINA / National

Chinese women deported for prostitution
Updated: 2006-08-03 07:03

Afghanistan deported seven Chinese women Wednesday for prostitution and serving alcohol in a renewed crackdown on vice in this Islamic country.

The women worked in four restaurants that had no tables or kitchens, just beds and areas for serving alcohol, said Interior Ministry official Abdul Jabar Sabet, after allowing reporters watch the women collect their baggage at the airport.

The Afghan government has intensified its campaign against moral corruption over the past month, torching hundreds of bottles of alcohol in front of journalists and announcing plans to re-establish a Vice and Virtues Ministry, which was disbanded after the fall of the Taliban in late 2001.

Afghan officials have deported about 120 women seized from suspected brothels in five separate raids in the past year, Sabet said.

"When we close one restaurant, they open another restaurant in another part of the city," he said. "When we raid one restaurant, they alert all the others and they all close their doors."