ChinaHush reported on April 3, 2010 that prosecutors charged 22 alleged swingers in east China for “group licentiousness,” a crime subject to a sentencing of a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Last Thursday, associate professor Ma Yaohai, 53, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, according to a Global Times article. The other 21 people were also sentenced for jail time.
Ma, who works at an unnamed university, organized a swingers club in Jiangsu Province, which hosted 35 parties from 2007 to 2009, and he “personally participated in 18 sessions.”
He told Phoenix Satellite Television before his April 7 trial, "I didn’t do anything wrong. And there was no forcing or organizing. Why is the whole country picking on me?”
“Group licentiousness” became a Chinese law in 1977, and makes sex with three or more people illegal. However, the charge is highly debated in China as societal views toward sex have changed since 30 years ago. A May 22 Time Magazine article says this incident “reflects larger uncertainties about sexuality in China. … Chinese society is stumbling toward a more liberal attitude about sexuality.”