Recently, Dongguan Police launched a “Creating safety, Welcoming the Asian Games” sweeping the yellow movement. (扫黄: [saohuang] sweeping the yellow: cracking down on pornography and prostitution industry) from which, a set of pictures of prostitutes being paraded through the streets stirred up some heated discussions on the Internet. In these photos, two fashionable suspected prostitutes, not only were barefoot, but also were handcuffed and leashed with a long rope, looking like they were identifying the scene.
The local media website reported the news of two men and two women were arrested for prostitution and later confessed their crimes after further investigations. It also released these 3 photos. Then the photos were reposted in a MOP forum post with the title “Shocking photos of police sweeping the yellow, is public humiliation too excessive?” This post quickly attracted public’s attention. Up till now it had 366,627 views with thousands of comments. Judging from the comments, many netizens think parading suspected prostitutes through the streets for public humiliation was too excessive, and also was a violation of the human rights.
According to Zaobao, Dongguan police’s action was later criticized by the Ministry of Public Security, for harming the suspects’ personal dignity. Ministry of Public Security asked all local public security organs when investigating and dealing with prostitution offenses shall not parade the suspect through the streets. Relevant Dongguan police officers were also held responsible, one of which was suspended for one month. The local police also admitted their mistakes and said they will rectify and reform.