Dongguan police chief sacked after sex trade crackdown

Workers crouching by a wall during a police raid on an entertainment center in Dongguan, southern China's Guangdong province.

CHINA - Guangdong province Party authorities fired the Dongguan police chief in light of media reports about rampant prostitution in the city, China Central Television reported on Friday.

Yan Xiaokang, vice-mayor and the police chief of Dongguan, was sacked "for failing to assume his duty in cleaning up the city's sex industry", according to a decision by the standing committee of the provincial Party committee of Guangdong.

The report said Yan's failures caused prostitution to flourish in Dongguan, creating a bad image for the city, the report said.

Yan was appointed vice-mayor of Dongguan in August 2008 and has been the city's police chief since January 2012.

The Ministry of Public Security and Guangdong police recently launched an anti-prostitution crackdown in Dongguan, a city known for its thriving sex industry. As of Feb 10, city police have investigated 1,948 entertainment venues and have placed 162 people under investigation, the police said.