A 38-member gang that robbed, raped and sold women into prostitution has been busted by police in northwest China's Shaanxi Province with one member still at large.
The gang was linked to 86 criminal cases in Xi'an, the provincial capital, and in Weinan City since late last year, and around 80 percent of their victims were underage, the youngest being only 14, a local newspaper, China Business News, reported today.
One gang member was seized by police on July 12 when he tried to drag a girl into a car. The man confessed that he and three others invited a 17-year-old girl to dinner and raped her before finding a brothel owner.
Ensuing investigation uncovered this big crime group which looked for targets on the Internet and coaxed innocent girls into meeting them. They then raped the girls and sold them as prostitutes for 700 -1,000 yuan (US$110-157), local police said.
Nearly 80 percent of the young girls were underage students. Most of them didn't dare to report to police because they were too ashamed and feared media exposure.