China strips Hilton of 5 star rating over prostitution allegations

by Ella FAIRCHILD on July 22, 2010

The crusade by the Chinese government against prostitution has claimed another, unlikely, victim.

More often targeting low-level hotels that cater to the domestic market, along with dubious karaoke establishments and alleged massage parlours, the government in China has been making a considerable effort to stamp out the flesh trade at licensed premises.

However, the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Chongqing, in southwest China, has had its five-star rating stripped by the government after it was embroiled in a prostitution investigation. The National Hotel Ratings Committee said it had taken the decision to remove the five-star classification due to the Hilton Chongqing ‘degrading the image’ of hotels in China.

Police raided the hotel on June 20; closing down the property after an alleged sex trade involvement was taking place in the hotel’s premier Diamond Dynasty Club. 102 people were detained by police during the raid, including two police officers.

The government campaign against prostitution has sparked quiet internal outrage across China, where the rich are well known to frequent specially designed hotels, clubs, spas and leisure establishments for the procurement of sex.

Police in Dongguan, in the southern province of Guangdong, were recently accused of parading an accused prostitute through the streets, while officers in Wuhan posted names of visitors to prostitution houses on public notice boards.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post: Slow recovery ahead for UK Hotels

Next post: Cardiff Airport set to expand on Flybe growth