Sex rap against consulate worker

Top News | STAFF REPORTER 23 Aug 2019

British consulate employee Simon Cheng Man-kit was detained in Shenzhen for soliciting a prostitute, according to state-run tabloid Global Times.

Lowu public security bureau officers in Shenzhen told the newspaper that the 28-year-old had been arrested for violating Article 66 of the country's law.

According to the clause, a prostitute or a "person who goes whoring shall be detained for not less than 10 days but not more than 15 days" and may in addition be fined not more than 5,000 yuan (HK$5,533).

Lowu police claimed they did not inform Cheng's family in Hong Kong after he had requested them not to do so.

Global Times chief editor Hu Xijin tweeted: "Police didn't contact his family as requested by Cheng. Police are willing to help reduce the damage to his reputation, the UK diplomats and media ruined him."

Cheng went missing after a business trip to the mainland on August 8.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed he was given 15 days of administrative detention, saying he violated the Public Security Administration Punishment Law.

However, the ministry provided no further details.

A Facebook page advocating for Cheng's release published a post following the news, and believe he was framed for prostitution.

There was no update from his family as of last night.

Cheng's family confirmed his disappearance on a Facebook post on Tuesday night, saying he traveled from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on August 8 for a business trip. There was no record of his return.

Cheng texted his girlfriend that he was returning to Hong Kong via the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and was going through immigration before he disappeared.

A lawyer searched for Cheng at detention centers in Shenzhen, including one in Lowu, but came up empty-handed, Cheng's family said.

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