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Twin teen sex scandal, or hype?

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The Beijing News
July 9, 2008

Today's Beijing News reported a story on two teenage twin girls' being cheated and threatened into prostitution. The story is a little confusing and vague and best be taken with a grain of salt. The girls' blog and their story was reported in other Chinese media in May, but the Beiijing News article summarized below which was told to the journalist in an interview.

On May 30, the Public Security Bureau of Beijing's Haidian District received a letter reporting that under-aged girls were being forced into prostitution by a company called Yuanyuan Movie and TV studio. At around the same time, a letter began to circulate on the Internet. Apparently written by twin teenage girls named Baobao and Ahzi, the letter describes a shady and sinister company that played on the girls' hopes of stardom to trick them into prostitution and blackmail.

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The twins, as seen in their own blog

That sexual favors are traded to get ahead in China's film and TV industries is no secret. It seems that this sex-for-role trade is becoming a norm and a unspoken rule (qian guize) of the business and some young women are willing to pay the necessary price to be famous. However, their willingness doesn't always lead to stardom.

The twin girls' story started last summer, when—by chance—they met a man named Meng Zhibang in a fast food restaurant. Meng introduced himself as a talent scout in the entertainment business. The twin sisters were so excited about the bright future Meng described to them. Meng told the sisters that they got wonderful potential to be famous in the entertainment business and he was just the person to help them to be what they want to be. The girls were credulous and easily tricked.

Then Meng demanded to have sex with the girls. They had already heard a lot about the unspoken rule in the industry and were eager to pay the price to be famous, and they complied. Talking to the newspaper about their motive, the girls said "We are neither the daughters of government officials, nor rich people. We are ordinary." and the only short-cut to success is through the unspoken rule.

But they didn't know that what they did in bed was videotaped, and was used to coerce them into selling sex to the company's clients, and then blackmailing them.

The girls were told to record their sexual liaisons with mobile phone cameras and MP3 recorders; the recordings were used to blackmail money from the clients. The clients are rich people, and some of them are famous businessmen. One client paid 1.2 million yuan after having sex with a 14-year-old," said one of female victim of the racket named Feifei.

The girls were allowed to keep half of the money they were paid by the clients, and turned the other half to the company.

According to the newspaper article, there were hundred of girls under the company's control, and they were all asked to bring in new ones.

Some of the girls were brainwashed and became so loyal to the bosses of the company that they even persuaded their friends to join them. The "brainwashing" included watching pornography videos along with reading Nabokov's Lolita" and Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex.

Baobao and Ahzi have been telling their stories through blogging. Most of their writing expresses a disillusion of family, education, moral values, society and love between man and woman. The twins also refer frequently to their identity as the generation born in the 1990s. The blog seems to draw quite a bit of traffic, even though it is not updated frequently.

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do sex slaves not normally blog?

I would rather like Beijing News be a mouthpiece of CCP than a paper that post this kind of sensationalist story.

I believe that there are many incidences of teenage girls reading Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex and then being immediately drawn into prostitution and blackmail. People Traffickers around the world always keep copies handy in case any of their victims are unhappy or unsure about what they are doing. If de Beauvoir doesn't work I believe some evil people have forced sex slaves to read John Paul Sartre's Being and Nothingness too.

Or perhaps someone just made that bit up?

What, no "netizen" outrage and accompanying witch hunt for the evil perp that would dare take advantage of innocent, young Chinese girls???

Oh yeah, that's something just the lao wai would do and not something the moral, patriotic, Olympic supporting Chinese man would do.

So if I just print 1000 Chinese business cards with "Talent Scout" as my title then I can pick up chicks at KFC's all over China? All I have to say is "qian guize" (unspoken rule) and with 2 nudges and 2 winks they'll immediately disrobe? Surely I'm not the only 鬼子 with this devious devilish plan of deception!

"Nabokov's Lolita" and Simone de Beauvoir's Second Sex."
I think such materials are beyond little girls' comprehension.

These girls need to put up - the recordings of course - or shut up. I get the feeling it is another hoax by one of these internet-based promoters. I will be very happy though of proven wrong

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