Netizens search for brothels busted by police

Police bust of sex dens inadvertently acts as free advertising for clubs

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Hostesses being rounded up. (Lo Yu-chih Facebook page)

Hostesses being rounded up. (Lo Yu-chih Facebook page)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As Taiwan's TV news stations and websites broadcast a major crackdown on all hotels, KTV bars and such shady establishments operated by the United Bamboo Gang (Bamboo Union, 竹聯幫), Taiwan's largest Triad, in the wake of a brutal attack on National Taiwan University (NTU) students, netizens could not help but notice the large parades of scantily clad women at these clubs.

As police launched a massive raid on hotels, bars, and KTV clubs that act as a front for prostitution in Taipei's Zhongshan District on Sept. 25 and 26, little did authorities know that their attempt at shaming the employees of these establishments might have the opposite effect.

As news cameras zoomed in on the skimpy outfits worn by the legions of hot hostesses busted in these bars many netizens started to share the photos and try to pinpoint the location of the clubs, according to TV personality Lo Yu-chih (羅友志).

In a post on his Facebook page, Lo posts photos of some of the raids and writes "my friends are all in the picture." Lo says that when he asked some bosses of these clubs if they had been affected by the big busts, they said "of course," but they also noticed that on social media message groups "everybody wants to know where the clubs are." Then Lo then wrote, "Hmm, it is also 'marketing.'"


Lo Yu-chih Facebook page.

The original purpose of the sweep was to hit back at organized crime after assaults on several National Taiwan University (NTU) students were perpetrated by a members of pro-unification groups which have affiliations with Taiwanese mafia groups such as the Bamboo Union. The students were protesting the "Sing! China: Shanghai-Taipei Music Festival" because they felt the concert's stage had damaged the field and infringed on their right to access the athletic facilities.


Lo Yu-chih Facebook page.