Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 4:48 PM
Southern Metropolis Weekly
December 4, 2009
This week's issue of Southern Metropolis Weekly presents an extensive cover feature on the sex industry in Dongguan, a manufacturing center in Guangdong Province.
The city seems perpetually in the midst of a cleanup campaign aimed at rooting out vice and ridding the city of its image as the sex capital of China. SMW introduces its fairly salacious feature by observing, "To cure something at the root, you must first know its source."
The cover on the right was too risque, writes editor Chen Zhaohua, who posted both images to his microblog: "Here's an alternate photo that we ultimately rejected. But it would have been much more eye-catching on newsstands."
The illustration, by Xiang Zhaohui and Li Feng, is present inside the magazine in a slightly enlarged version that includes a weird clown figure that is obscured on the rejected cover (see below).
The actual cover shows a "Dongguan SMS," a text message advertising the latest services at a club, sauna, or hotel:
One article in the feature explains how Dongguan's manufacturing practices have seeped over into the sex industry in the form of "ISO service":
Update (2009.12.10): Key at ChinaHush has a translation of another segment of the feature.
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