For a country that can’t seem to find enough ways to count all the gambling money coming out of Macau, China sure has a way of being a little too strict when it comes to gambling on the Motherland. The country considers gambling as a vice that needs to be expunged together with prostitution and as such, the government has made specific instructions to law enforcement authorities to get even tougher on these so-called vices.
Apparently, the government wants to get even tougher on these vices with gambling being one of them. So, it has put in the orders to crackdown on these joints with the fury befitting that of a crimson typhoon. The announcement was posted on the Ministry of Public Security‘s official website yesterday, and the short-term results from these investigations in a handful of provinces include breaking up 73 vice rings and over down 2,410 prostitution and gambling dens in a little over a week’s time of work.
Just last month, law enforcement authorities also raided the city of Dongguan, long regarded as China’s version of “Sin City” where prostitution is about as rampant as any source of employment in the region. During the raid, over 1,000 people were detained, proving that China is paying more than just lip service in its quest to eradicate the mainland of these vices.
It’s definitely been a struggle for the country to curb these vices despite stringent laws that prohibit such practices. Law enforcement is typically lax when it comes to upholding the laws, which largely explains why this new-found vigor in expunging prostitution and illegal gambling now comes with a warning to any public servant who protects these businesses.
Yan Xiaokang, the police chief of Dongguan, was one of eight officials in Dongguan who were dismissed last week, proving that China is now prepared to take this nationwide sweep with the seriousness it thinks it deserves.