Latest News:  

English>>China Society

Legal conundrum over sexual bribery

By Luo Wangshu and Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:52, July 18, 2013

Li Jingshan / for China Daily

'Improper lifestyles' of corrupt officials reveal loopholes in the system, report Luo Wangshu in Chongqing and Cao Yin in Beijing.

Although a high-profile corruption case involving Lei Zhengfu ended on June 28 when the former Party chief of Beibei district in Chongqing was sentenced to 13 years in prison, revealing photos posted online of Lei and a young woman engaged in sexual activity are still a major topic of public discussion.

Lei is not the only high-level official toppled after an inappropriate relationship was investigated by the disciplinary authorities.

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence after being convicted on July 8 of corruption and abuse of power. The prosecutor's statement also pointed to his "improper lifestyle", which in China usually suggests being lecherous and living a life of debauchery.

Earlier this year, Yi Junqing, former head of the Party's Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, was removed from his post, also on charges of pursuing an "improper lifestyle", when a woman claiming to have been his mistress posted a detailed description of the alleged affair on the Internet. The post quickly went viral.

These so-called improper lifestyles are, in fact, a form of sexual bribery, a phenomenon that's increasingly common in corruption cases nowadays. However, they are hard to identify because of an anomaly in Chinese law, according to Yang Xiaojun, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

So far, the only cases that have come to light have featured male officials.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

We Recommend:

Teenage crash victims were talented students

What did eco-migration bring to rural residents

Hard working people under the sweltering sun

Cute twin sisters popular on the Internet

Keep the childlike innocence

Marriage made in fairs by anxiety parents

Top 10 beautiful small cities in China

China's weekly story (2013.6.28-7.5)

Rainstorms batter SW China quake-hit regions

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangLili、Yao Chun)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. HK Youth Military Summer Camp opens

  2. PLA special forces hold military skills contest

  3. Cuba: Seized DPRK ship carries obsolete weaponry

  4. Dream of flying in the sky

  5. Little rubber ducks appear in Shichahai

  6. Shanghai suffers from high temperature

  7. Highlights of Gymnastics Rhythmic final

  8. The story behind models at auto show

  9. Migrant workes' high incomes not that rosy

  10. China's GDP totals 24.8 tln yuan in H1

Most Popular


  1. Harmony is the theme of China's ocean strategy
  2. It is right time to invest in China
  3. Two-way fluctuation essential for RMB reform
  4. Brands face constant battle to attract, keep buyers
  5. Kennedy may prove wise choice as envoy
  6. 'Prism' burns America's Internet supremacy
  7. Merkel's rivals go on attack over US spying
  8. Slower economic growth set to be a winning choice
  9. Investing abroad not easy: Experts
  10. Reinvigorated CCTV gala brings hope for art scene

What’s happening in China

China’s weekly story

  1. Sichuan rainstorms result in water shortage
  2. New shuttle plan gets mixed reviews
  3. Shanghai airport to screen 4D movies
  4. Beijing woman 3 times a bride in housing scam
  5. Shanghai delivery firms among nation's slowest