A JOBLESS computer geek in Shenzhen City, south China's Guangdong Province,
has been arrested for developing a web application to abet online prostitution
in a police crackdown, which busted 14 cross-provincial criminal gangs and led
to 184 arrests.
The software designer surnamed Liang created a new way to access prostitution rings for potential customers through Tencent's QQ chat, one of the country's most popular instant message tools, by collecting massive user information. The software helped the rings to hunt for more customers as well as earned Liang 2 million yuan (US$316,400) in the past three years, police said.
In one case, a ringleader surnamed Liu sent messages with prostitutes' details to targeted QQ users who had been selected automatically by age, region and job by the software, and contacted pimps to send girls if the men were hooked up.
During the process, Liu and his fellows disguised as prostitutes to talk with customers. He never met the pimps, the Beijing Times reported.
The new tool could give a call girl access to 10 to 20 customers a day. But she was required to pay 80 yuan to Liu and another 150 yuan to the pimp, leaving just 50 to 70 yuan from each deal for her.
Meanwhile, Liu had to pay Liang 600 yuan per month as rent for the application.
Liu earned a monthly income up to 60,000 yuan from the illegal business while Liang, 34, managed to build a four-floor house, much to the astonishment of villagers who had labeled him an unemployed zhainan, a term referring to a man spending most of his time at home.