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Friday, 7 July, 2000, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Gay sauna raided in China

Police in China are reported to have raided a gay health spa in the city of Guangzhou and arrested 37 men on charges of prostitution.

The Junjie men's beauty and health centre, staffed only with male hosts, has attracted hundreds of members since it opened in February.

The arrests follow the launch by the authorities of a summer campaign against vice -- targetting nightclubs, bars, saunas and karaoke parlours-- in what police are calling a strike against evil social phenomena.

Correspondents say the relaxation of social controls in China over recent years has given homosexuals greater freedom to congregate openly in certain bars and parks of major cities.

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