Beijing law enforcement officers have been forced to drop charges against a
housewife who organized online chats in the nude as there is no basis in law to
Judicial authorities in Shijinshan, a district in west Beijing, announced
that they recently withdrew charges against the 36-year-old woman surnamed Li
who was charged almost three years ago with "organizing pornographic
Prosecutors said that in July 2004 Li stripped off her cloths and chatted
with people in nude using her webcam. She later organized online chats for
Li was traced and arrested by the police of Shijinshan District and the
district procuratorate charged her.
Law officers soon discovered they were facing a legal "blind spot" as nude
chat rooms were not defined in China's porn laws.
In September 2004, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's
Procuratorate issued a judicial interpretation on pornographic activities on the
Internet but it didn't include live webcam chats.
The punishment for the distribution of pornographic materials shall depend
the number of hits, pictures, and words on a web site, said court sources.
A prosecutor in Shijinshan, who refused to be named, said his office couldn't
prove that Li had committed the criminal act of disseminating pornographic
"Under existing laws, it is inappropriate to treat this as a criminal
offence," he said.
The Shijinshan district court found there was little legal basis for the
charge and turned down the case, forcing the procuratorate to withdraw the