We Chat, the ubiquitous social network in China, has long been used for prostitution.But in a new twist, one group of people have been busted for pretending to be famous actress and models in China to solicit clients on the network.
"The viral circulation of the obscene fitting room video on the internet has severely violated socialist core values," the government agency cited an unnamed official as saying.
It also suggested the incident could have been a publicity stunt, a claim Uniqlo "firmly" denied in a statement on its website.
Chinese students in Vancouver and Richmond are being targeted in an international “sex-for-credit” scam run on the Chinese social networking app We Chat.
Members exchanged information on cost, appearance, measurements, and even which specific sexual services they would provide.
Members of the group also had the ability to blacklist any sex workers that failed to abide by their rules.
Any new sex worker brought into the group was obliged to pay a kickback to the member who introduced her, referred to as a “whoremaster” by local media.If the sex worker didn’t pay the kickback, she was immediately kicked out of the group.In response, the sex workers used numerous techniques to inflate their prices, notably, falsifing information and claiming to be TV actresses, minor celebrities and top-tier fashion models.The ruse would increase their rates by as much as RMB10,000 per client.In addition to doctoring photos to make it look like they attended red carpet galas (see above), the workers had search engines tweaked to help verify their false identities.The Cyberspace Administration of China said it had summoned executives from social networking sites We Chat and Weibo after a sex tape shot in the changing room of a Beijing outlet of clothing retailer Uniqlo went viral on both platforms, prompting many to begin taking selfies outside the Japanese firm's flagship Sanlitun store, Agence France-Presse reported.