Hotels under surveillance in S China's Guangzhou ahead of Asian Games

13:12, June 24, 2010      

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Guests checking into hotels in the capital of southern China's Guangdong Province are now required to present their identity cards, as the local police have launched a crackdown on illegalities at entertainment venues ahead of the Asian Games in November.

More than 1,200 people in charge of security at Guangzhou's nightclubs, bars, sauna parlors and hotels have signed documents, pledging to run their businesses with honesty, Thursday's China Daily reported.

They promised to prevent security incidents, major criminal cases, prostitution, gambling, drug consumption and trafficking, and to register the IDs of hotel guests.

"The checks at entertainment venues and hotels will be more stringent than ever before and any illegality will be dealt with very seriously.

"Some (entertainment venues and hotel) think their business cannot thrive without prostitution and drugs. But there is no chance for prostitution, gambling and drug-related crimes at such venues in Guangzhou now,"Luo Zhenhui, deputy director of the city's public security bureau.

Since June 18, the Guangzhou police have been religiously doing rounds of the city's hotels, checking the registration and transmission of ID information of temporary hotel guests, and will continue the practice until the end of this year, said Liu Wenhuang, an official with the city's public security bureau.

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