A Chinese court has sentenced two people to life in prison and 12 others to terms as long as 15 years for organizing a sex party in mid-September for several hundred Japanese tourists, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The incident took place over three days in September and reportedly involved about 400 Japanese men and 500 Chinese prostitutes at a hotel in Zhuhai. China initially clamped a lid on coverage of the story in the official press, but the anger of Chinese citizens bubbled up in Web sites and chat rooms, prompting Beijing to lodge an official complaint with the Japanese government.
Tempers were further inflamed because the incident occurred on the anniversary of Japan’s 1931 invasion of China.
Chinese newspapers have referred to the Zhuhai incident as the “Japanese orgy.” Those sentenced in the case included two hotel staffers and 12 men who recruited the prostitutes. An unidentified Japanese construction company based in Osaka reportedly paid $37,000 to organize the party as a thank-you gesture for its employees.
Although prostitution is illegal in China, it is common and often practiced openly in barbershops and tourist hotels in China’s major cities.