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DESPITE numerous victories by China's police in their war against porn Websites, they have only recently scored their first success in a crusade targeting overseas servers.

In a four-month campaign against overseas server-based porn Websites, Guangdong Province officers arrested 188 suspects and closed 270 sites, police spokesman Guo Hongwei said yesterday.

However, no network organizers were caught and they were capable of quickly resuming activities, Guo said.

The Internet's complexity and the foreign locations of servers made it extremely difficult to track them.

The first police success in shutting down a network of an overseas server came in July when officers in Suqian City, Jiangsu Province, cracked a ring operated from servers in the United States and arrested 13 people, police spokesman Shi Jiman said yesterday.

Police said they found network head Shen Qiang by monitoring bank accounts he opened using forged identification to collect fees from users.

Shen logged onto an online account in Beijing, leaving an address immediately traced by police.

Before his mistake, Shen had denied police any lead by logging on abroad and taking cash out of ATMs at night in disguises and in various provinces of China.

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Shen earned at least 750,000 yuan (US$109,750) from the network and hired more than 300 people to administer it.

This year, he had withdrawn 300,000 yuan from ATMs in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, northwest China's Shaanxi Province and Hebei Province in northern China, said Li Mingjie, chief of Jiangsu Province's Web police team.

A team of four policemen spent months collecting evidence from Websites, including 500 gigabytes of objectionable material.

Shen had previously been the director of an information division of a foreign car maker before he resigned and became a porn site Webmaster, said Li.

The network, named Dikawen, consisted of 13 Websites with 12 million users and 10,000 VIP users who paid 108 to 399 yuan for extra content. In addition to pornography, the Websites acted as a link to prostitutes, Shi said.

In April, two of the administrators of one of the network's Websites were identified as residents of Suqian.

Police did not rush to make arrests, Shi said. They had learned the only way to destroy a network was to arrest its head.

Police had gained experience from the case and would now take action against two further major porn site networks, Li said, declining to give names.

The successful case was a breakthrough for Chinese police, Li said.



 

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