Chinese officials sacked for illicit sex

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 05:50 hrs

Beijing, Jan 26 (IANS) Chinese officials who trade power for sex are increasingly losing their jobs.

Last week, Yi Junqing, director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, was removed from his post for an "improper lifestyle", People's Daily said.

It is believed that his downfall was related to an online essay by his alleged mistress, Chang Yan.

The woman detailed their alleged affair in a 100,000-character article, making Yi the highest-ranking official sacked for nothing more than a sex scandal, the daily said.

It said that ethical failings leave officials susceptible to blackmail and other devious deals.

Another official, Lei Zhengfu, a district official in Chongqing city, was sacked after a racy clip involving him circulated widely online.

Follow-up reports showed he was set up by a woman under a local company's instigation. The company used such videos to threaten officials for illegal purposes.

A recent report by Renmin University of China showed as much as 95 percent of officials being investigated have mistresses, the daily said.

The successive sex scandals may erode the public's confidence in officials and even result in rumours or bias against women's professional rise.

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