At least 30 high school students in Central China』s Henan Province have been reportedly forced to provide sex services since 2015, with a deputy of local people』s congress also involved in the case, the Beijing-based Legal Mirror reported on Friday.
Local police of Weishi county in northern Henan said on Thursday that they were paying significant attention to a brief report on "forced sex services" circulating online, and have placed the case on file for investigation.
According to the "brief report," at least 30 high school students in Weishi, including several under 14 years old, were forced to provide sex services, said the Legal Mirror.
Under the current law in China, people who have sex with girls less than 14 years old face a maximum of 15 years in prison while those convicted of raping a child may face death sentence.
The "brief report" showed that since 2015, a local entrepreneur surnamed Zhao had been asking a man surnamed Li to introduce young virgin girls for sex.
But the newspaper did not mention who wrote the "brief report."
According to a victim, she was sent to a hotel by Li and saw a naked Zhao on bed in the room. After having sex with Zhao, Li gave 300 yuan ($43.6) to the girl, which she refused.
Local police have arrested several people since February when the case was reported to the police, the newspaper said.
Currently, the Department of Public Security of Henan Province is investigating the case.