GUANGZHOU: Guangdong police claimed a major victory last month in their
campaign to clamp down on Internet crime.
During the month-long drive to flush out illegal activities in this southern
Chinese province that borders Hong Kong and Macao special administrative
regions, police said they eliminated more than 8,000 links to pornographic
Xia Xiaojie, a police officer with the Guangdong provincial bureau of public
security, said 55 suspects involved in 43 cases had been detained. More than 1
million yuan ($130,000) in cash had also been confiscated.
The campaign, which was launched last month, struck a heavy blow in the fight
against illegal Internet activities, which have long flourished in the
prosperous province, Xia said.
"As many as 50,000 Internet websites were inspected by police and other law
enforcement personnel during the campaign," she said at the weekend.
The campaign, codenamed Duanwang (Fighting Internet Crime), involved some
6,200 police officers, Xia said.
On May 24, after a two-month investigation, Shenzhen police successfully
cracked a ring that provided pay-per-view pornography via live feeds to overseas
Seven members of the gang, including its leader, were detained. Eight
computers, 12 bank cards and cash sums of 50,000 yuan and $4,000 were also
In a separate case, on May 27, police in Jieyang, in the eastern part of
Guangdong, broke up a major Internet soccer-betting ring, detaining 28 suspects.
Police raided 11 properties in Jieyang, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, all of which
were believed to be associated with the gambling network.
Two sedan cars and 42 computers were seized.
Xia said police in the province would continue the campaign to crack down on
online crime for the remainder of the year. She urged local people to refrain
from visiting illegal websites and to report those they saw.
Government departments will forge closer ties to ensure the regular
inspection of websites in the province, she said.
The fight against online crime has won support from the public.
Cui Jielan, a primary school teacher, said the crackdown on pornographic
websites would help bring the province's once thriving online crime scene under
control and prevent youngsters from surfing sites that might be harmful to their
health and studies.
"I hope police will remain vigilant and stage further crackdowns over the
coming months," Cui said.
(China Daily 06/05/2007 page5)