June 29, 2008 / 7:41 AM / 11 years ago

Chinese woman sentenced for running Kabul brothel

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese woman was sentenced to 11 years in jail for operating brothels in Kabul, the China Daily and Chinese language media reported on Saturday.

Wang Min, a Shanghainese, was charged with operating prostitution joints that fronted as bars in the Afghan capital, and with bringing unemployed women, all over 40, from the industrial city of Chongqing on the Yangtze River to work with her.

An accomplice was sentenced to six years in a Chongqing court on Friday, after the women were sent back to China in February.

They had run a Turkish restaurant, followed by the Berlin Restaurant and the Feifei bar in Kabul, before being arrested by Kabul police in October.

Chinese prostitutes in Kabul told Reuters reporters last month that they earned more than they could in China, even though the security situation made them reluctant to leave brothels hidden in one of Kabul’s wealthier neighborhoods.

Reporting by Lucy Hornby; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani

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