‘It’s disgraceful’: Inside the dark, seedy heart of China’s Sin City

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Dongguan, China — There are no signs outside this backstreet brothel at the heart of China’s “Sin City”, just a shadowy alleyway, two metal gates and a pimp named Crow.

Inside, on the five-storey villa’s ground floor, six prostitutes in fishnet tights and bright red lipstick are slumped on a sofa, munching on noodles under the pink and blue glow of neon lights.

“The police won’t trouble you,” said the pimp, who was wearing a bright yellow Sweden football shirt and asked for $50 for a night’s entertainment.

This is Dongguan, a sprawling factory boomtown in the Pearl River Delta that has a population of about seven million and a reputation as the Chinese capital of sex. For a price, anything goes.

Estimates about the scale and reach of Dongguan’s underground sex trade almost beggar belief. Between 500,000 and 800,000 people – some 10 per cent of Dongguan’s migrant population…

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