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CHINESE police have warned Internet third-party payment businesses against providing services for those selling pornographic and lewd material online.

The Ministry of Public Security said yesterday that third-party payment platforms, who act as intermediaries between buyers and sellers of goods and services on the Internet, would face prosecution if they deliberately provided such services for illegal material.

The ministry released a statement detailing one case in north China's Hebei Province in which people were charged for selling memberships to view porn through third-party payments.

Police in Hebei found that 23 people who allegedly owned and ran the "Love City" Website had gained 800,000 yuan (US$117,068) by selling more than 8,000 memberships through payment platforms such as AliPay, PayPal and YeePay.

The police warned the payment platforms that they could be charged with complicity if they deliberately provided services to those dealing in pornography.

The ministry also named and shamed Chinese portal Tencent Inc for spreading lewd information, saying the QQ personal blog spaces operated by the company were one of the largest sources of pornography and lewd content.

According to the statement, police in south China's Guangdong's Dongguan City in March arrested a man who posted pornographic pictures, video clips and novels in the blog space of his QQ account.

In central China's Hunan in May, police arrested a person surnamed Wang on suspicion of making pornographic and lewd material with a computer camera and selling it to QQ users who paid with "Q money," a virtual currency.

The cases were the latest disclosed by the ministry in its crackdown on online pornography.




 

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