Prostitution crackdowns threaten Kunming's ability to develop and attract investment: that was the opinion of a man claiming to be a communist party member from Sichuan whose business meeting at a Kunming "entertainment club" was disrupted by a police prostitution raid last Thursday evening.
The unidentified customer (pictured above) berated police for bursting into Guandu District's Real Madrid International Entertainment Club (皇马国际娱乐会所) at 10pm on July 29 while he was in the process of negotiating a "project" in Kunming.
Photos and descriptions of the club collected from the internet reveal a large building encompassing lounges, a billiards room, karaoke facilities, and 50 private rooms spread across three floors.
After the raid uncovered suspected prostitution, police ordered the club to temporarily halt business and reorganize its operations. They also later reported that 68 suspects are currently being "educated through criticism" (批评教育).
The self-proclaimed party member was not a suspected prostitution customer, but nevertheless made his displeasure at the police and media presence very clear:
"I'm a representative of the Sichuan People's Congress," a Yunnan Net reporter quoted the man as saying. "I came to Kunming to discuss a project, how I am I supposed to do that with all these police around?"
Despite being urged by police to move on, the customer continued, "Kunming's development depends on our chamber of commerce; your city leadership depends on us," possibly referring to Sichuan.
"I'm a party member," he then said. "Attracting investment isn't easy. You guys are influencing Kunming's development with your actions."
The man was eventually convinced to leave, but not before attacking a reporter and leaving him with a bloody nose.