In the latest scandal to light up the Chinese internet, microbloggers delighted in sharing and lampooning more than 100 explicit group sex photos featuring what some say are five Lujiang county (Anhui Province) officials.
The frolicksome five — three men and two women — also smilingly posed for group shots that resemble scantily-clad parodies of portrait-style professional photos.
Not long after the racy pics went viral, a microblogger claimed one of the men in the pictures was Lujiang Party chief Wang Minsheing.
Wang’s deputy Jiang Dabin has also been identified among the group.
The publicity office of the Lujiang government denied Wang and Jiang appeared in the sex party pics. Wang himself said he was being slandered because he is handling a corruption case in the county.
Education official Wang Yu and his wife, a secondary school teacher in Hefei, have reportedly confessed to taking part in the orgy after being identified by netizens.
The pair were punished with “double expulsion,” which means they were both fired from their posts and purged from the Communist Party.
Group sex is a jailable offense in China.
Tsinghua University professor Ren Jianming commented to the media that “some officials lacking in discipline” were tarnishing the reputation of the rest, giving rise to a widespread sentiment of “official-hating” among the Chinese people.
China’s internet censors issued a firm directive that “all websites must stop following and hyping the so-called ‘Lujiang Indecent Photos Incident.'”
Sources: Reference News (参考消息), Xinmin Evening News (新民晚报), Beijing Evening News (北京晚报)
Ben Kessler is a contributing editor of the FCPA Blog. He serves as managing editor of ethiXbase and editor of the China Compliance Digest. A version of this post previously appeared in the China Compliance Digest.