A sex scandal is raging in Chinese politics after photos of an orgy went viral on Chinese social media websites with allegations that the men at the centre of the sexcapades are government officials.
The Atlantic Wire reports that more than 100 photos of the three men and two women having sex, were posted on the microblogging site Sina Weibo earlier this month. The men involved, allegedly include Communist Party secretary of Lujiang county in Anhui Province, Wang Minsheng, his deputy, Jiang Dabin, and the party's youth leader at Hefei University, Wang Yu.
The Huffington Post reports that government officials quickly shot down any allegations that party officials were involved. The pictures are not of "comrades in charge," and claims to the contrary are "malicious slander." Party secretary Wang says he suspects the false allegations are related to a corruption case he is handling. He claims the images were photoshopped by his political enemies to slander his name along with fellow party members.
But International Business Times reports Wang Yu admits that he is one of the men in the photo, and says that one of the two women in the pictures is his wife, a high school teacher in Hefei. Chinese authorities are reported to have yanked the men's party membership and Wang Yu has since been fired.
According to Gawker.com the State Council Information Office, which is China's main web censor, issued a directive that "all websites must stop following and hyping the so-called 'Lujiang Indecent Photos Incident.'" The website says the phrases "naked photos" and "vulgar photos" have been banned from Weibo, China's answer to Twitter.
The Daily Mail says sex with more than two people is technically illegal in China and people can be prosecuted under a 'group licentiousness' statute added to the criminal code in 1997.
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