Sex tape official sacked; mistress was offered as a bribe; Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai involved?

November 25, 2012Jing Gao3 Comments, , , , , ,

Source: Caijing, Beiing News

The hideous sex tape scandal involving a Chongqing official and his 18-year-old mistress, which we reported earlier this week, turns out to be a small tip of the iceberg. A local construction company bribed the ignominious Lei Zhengfu, among other officials in Chongqing, with young attractive women. Then Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun might have suppressed its information to protect him. On November 23, 63 hours after the sex tape scandal was exposed and dominated the Chinese social media sites, Lei was deposed and handed over to the police.

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Zhu Ruifeng, a self-proclaimed reporter at jdwsy.com, an unofficial watchdog website, disclosed that all the tips-off about the sexual bribery involving Lei and other officials were provided by his informant inside the city’s police system, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of political repercussion.

According to Zhu, the woman in the sex tape is named Zhao Hongxia and was 18-year-old at the time. The video was secretly shot in February 2007 unbeknownst to Lei. This woman is only one of a number of attractive women the company offered to Lei as a form of bribe.

From 2002 to 2006, Lei Zhengfu, while serving as the party secretary of Dianjiang county under the city of Chongqing, he used his position to give contracts of the county’s public works projects to a construction company owned by his younger brother to benefit himself and his family. Other contractors could only get leftover nominal projects.

In 2007, in order to win lucrative contracts from him, who had by then been promoted to the vice party secretary of Chongqing’s Jiulongpo District, one construction company offered huge bribes to Lei. However, having netted millions of yuan, Lei was not impressed and rejected their offer.

The company soon found out about Lei’s particular interest in women. So they hired several young women, all under 20, and put them through strict training before sending them to sexually please Lei. At the same time, these young women, who approached Lei with fake identities and proffered to be his mistresses, secretly videotaped the intercourse for the company to have more leverage over Lei.

In 2009, the head of the construction company fell out with Lei over business interests and threatened Lei with the sex tape. Lei came cleaned on his ‘one-time mistake’ to Bo Xilai, then the party boss of Chongqing and a contender for one of China’s most powerful political posts. Soon, Wang Lijun, then Chongqing’s police chief, headed a special team to investigate the matter. As the result, Zhao Hongxia was detained for 30 days, and the boss of the company was incarcerated for a year for ‘carving an official seal without authorization from the government.’

Other officials in Chongqing were also offered sex with young attractive women by the same company in the past years. The informant gave to Zhu Ruifeng similar sex tapes of at least five officials, all of whom are, like Lei, at the bureau level, according to China’s political hierarchy.

Wang Lijun, whose much-publicized defection to the U.S. consulate led to the downfall of Bo Xilai, previously a Maoist political star in China amid one of the biggest political scandals in recent decades.

Meanwhile, Chinese netizens who are abhorrent of Lei’s obscene act and look launched another orgy of photo editing to vilify Lei.

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Original ID photo of Lei Zhengfu

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3 comments to “Sex tape official sacked; mistress was offered as a bribe; Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai involved?”

  1. Lea | November 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    Wait a second… the barely-18-year-old woman who was probably forced into what I’d call a form of institutionalized, socially accepted rape by a mixture of economical pressure, gender norms and lack of choice or better knowledge was “detained for 30 days” while the man raping her got away without any sanctions so far and the one forcing her into the rape was incarcerated for merely one year? And now that this tape leaked he will probably not be detained for rape or sexual harassment but for corruption, further strenghtening the conception that women are a form of commocity one can buy, rent or be bribed with – is it just me or is there something utterly WRONG here?

    I’d love to read an article (as a matter of fact, I’d love to read LOTS of articles) dealing with the complex of gender norms in Chinese society, including the whole mistress-phenomenon, the conceptualization of (romantical) love and relationships, the (non)acceptance of persons and relationship concepts that don’t fit into the heterosexual matrix (is it based in traditional Chinese/Confucian norms or an import from the West, or an amalgam of both?) and the connection of gender norms, sexuality and violence within a Chinese context. And, as I’m afraid these articles would be rather disheartening, I would also love to read some pieces on feminist/queer projects of resistance in China – do they even exist? And if yes, are they different from queer resistance strategies in the West (implying that they have to face different challenges)?

    I don’t know about your ressources and possibilities to deal with this, but maybe these questions can be an inspiration for further research into what I think is a crucially important topic that is overseen way to often in the coverage of China and Chinese society, especially when it gets to scandalous cases such as this one.

  2. Lea | November 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    [I've tried to post this comment before, but somehow it won't show up - I apologize for the possible double posting, but I really think it's important.]

    Wait a second… the barely-18-year-old woman who was probably forced into what I’d call a form of institutionalized, socially accepted rape by a mixture of economical pressure, gender norms and lack of choice or better knowledge was “detained for 30 days” while the man raping her got away without any sanctions so far and the one forcing her into the rape was incarcerated for merely one year? And now that this tape leaked he will probably not be detained for rape or sexual harassment but for corruption, further strenghtening the conception that women are a form of commocity one can buy, rent or be bribed with – is it just me or is there something utterly WRONG here?

    I’d love to read an article (as a matter of fact, I’d love to read LOTS of articles) dealing with the complex of gender norms in Chinese society, including the whole mistress-phenomenon, the conceptualization of (romantical) love and relationships, the (non)acceptance of persons and relationship concepts that don’t fit into the heterosexual matrix (is it based in traditional Chinese/Confucian norms or an import from the West, or an amalgam of both?) and the connection of gender norms, sexuality and violence within a Chinese context. And, as I’m afraid these articles would be rather disheartening, I would also love to read some pieces on feminist/queer projects of resistance in China – do they even exist? And if yes, are they different from queer resistance strategies in the West (implying that they have to face different challenges)?

    I don’t know about your ressources and possibilities to deal with this, but maybe these questions can be an inspiration for further research into what I think is a crucially important topic that is overseen way to often in the coverage of China and Chinese society, especially when it gets to scandalous cases such as this one.

    • tangxing | January 8, 2013 | Permalink Reply

      Take your disgusting social justice shit and crawl back to america.

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