Hilton caught up in prostitution ring in China

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on June 22, 2010

As a prostitution ring was brought into the light today in China, a Hilton Hotel in the country’s Chongqing municipality was hit by the scandal.

Police investigating the alleged prostitution in the southwest of China arrested 22 people on suspicion of running the ring, reported the state press. Chongqing officers have been investigating the property’s owner Qinglong Property Development Co for its supposed links to racketeering, said the China National Radio.

Customers were seen leaving the premise with their luggage as the hotel was shut down for business for the entire day. Confirmation of the closure came from the hotel’s reception desk, but no further comment was made regarding the investigation. A receptionist said that the hotel was shutting down because of unforeseen circumstances and would be reopened on 6 July.

News reports in China indicate that authorities have questioned several of the staff and have so far detained 102 suspects with 22 being formally arrested. The gang is also suspected of dealings with illegal substances. The report shows that the property is managed in a joint venture agreement between the Hilton International Hotel Group and the property owner.

Chongqing is home to more than 30 million people, and lately has been at the centre of controversy for blanket mafia crackdown that saw one of the city’s former top judicial officials sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out back in April. In the wake of Wen Qiang’s verdict, a former deputy police chief, a series of indictments and trials followed exposing the corruption in the Chinese city.

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