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4 Apr 2011

Shanghai gay bar raided in "sex show" probe: police

Police say they were investigating the bar for staging "sex shows"; bar's DJ says he believes the raid to be the result of fierce competition among local bars.

Read on Fridae: Police raid new gay bar in Shanghai, dozens detained

According to a Shanghai Daily report published on Eastday.com, the Q Bar was raided by Shanghai police early on Sunday morning after complaints that it was staging "sex shows".

Q Bar Shanghai. Photos: qbarshanghai.com

More than 50 people, including customers, bar staff and a DJ, were taken to Huangpu District's Xiaodongmen police station after police officers burst in at about 1am. By 3pm on Sunday, all the people held in custody had been freed, police said.

The report quoted migrant workers living in a temporary shelter on the rooftop of the building told Shanghai Daily that they often saw naked men on the roof, drinking beer, chatting loudly, and even having sex.

The Shanghaiist, a Shanghai city blog, quoted a patron who was detained that they were not made to undergo a urine test, indicating that it was not drug raid. Instead, most of the questions focused on a a male gogo dancer who was hired to dance at the venue.

The Daily reported that the bar had promoted the event on its microblog on Sina.com.cn as a "table dance party" with "pictures of a man, nicknamed 'GoGoBoy,' dancing on a table, wearing only his underwear."

Steven Bao, a DJ at the bar was quoted in the Daily as saying that he believed the raid to be the result of fierce competition among local bars, suggesting that it was other bars who had complained to police that the bar was staging "sex shows."

He also wrote on his blog that the detainees were not given any drink or food for more than 10 hours although the police claimed otherwise.


Reader's Comments

1. 2011-04-04 21:51  
It could very well be rival bars trying to kill competition. I'll never forget when Drag-on bar in Beijing got attacked by a machete-wielding gang. Later it turned out to have been orchestrated by the owner of another bar that was loosing business to Drag-on. Ah, China: never a dull moment!
2. 2011-04-05 03:12  
"only wearing underwear"?????????? ever been to a Chinese swimming pool shower room? everybody is naked............
3. 2011-04-05 05:37  
Help us!!! we are poor chinese gay guy, send your hottest man to our home so we don't need go to gaybar, be humanitarianism:) hot guy will be more than welcomed
4. 2011-04-05 06:56  
I'll assume that they weren't the Fashion Police, then...
5. 2011-04-05 08:54  
Thank you! Fridae...for being there and reporting about this around the world.
Comment #6 was deleted by its author on 2011-08-13 17:54
7. 2011-04-05 11:26  
i can imagine the pictures of this scene.. lol
8. 2011-04-06 19:45  
"Steven Bao, a DJ at the bar was quoted in the Daily as saying that he believed the raid to be the result of fierce competition among local bars" - looks like the other queens are bringing the claws out. Meow!
Comment edited on 2011-04-06 19:46:07
9. 2011-04-13 09:05  
Sigh..Yes, We are poor chinese guys.. no choice:(

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