China Closes Audiobook Porn Site in Crackdown

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Chinese police closed a Web site that sold erotic audiobooks and arrested four people involved as the country continued its crackdown on Internet porn, state-run media said Friday.

Shanghai police arrested three employees of www.ilisten.cn, a popular audiobook site whose 500,000 members could download recordings of young women reading erotic stories, the China Daily said, citing Shanghai police.

Police also arrested a woman paid to make some of the recordings, which were sold in a series called "Night Talk" that got 2 million hits last year and made sales worth 40,000 yuan (US$5,900), the Shanghai Daily said.

Staff at ilisten.cn, which was not accessible in China on Friday afternoon, could not be reached for comment.

Officials have closed at least 1,900 Web sites for pornographic content since China launched a new clean-up campaign in January, the China Daily said.

The crackdown has also led to at least 45 arrests as it has extended to mobile phones and targeted some of China's biggest Internet companies, including top search engine Baidu.

Authorities vowed to stamp out Internet porn after a woman's video of herself having sex online exploded in popularity with Chinese Internet users.

A woman at the Shanghai police bureau declined to comment.

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