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A Chinese woman has been jailed for four years for running an online strip joint. Wang Yanli is believed to be the first woman to be banged up behind bars following China's tough new stand against Internet pornography.

According to newswire reports, some 110 people had coughed up 600 yuan (£40) a year to watch Wang's "lewd" shows each night, with state TV reporting that the XXX entrepreneur had racked up a profit of around £2,000 in just three months.

The jailing of Wang follows China's decision this summer to crack down on XXX websites. Officials said the "rampant" increase in online porn damaged the moral fabric of the nation - and young people, in particular.

One state official said porn "severely damaged social style, polluted the social environment, and harmed the physical and psychological health of the young people".

Two weeks ago it was revealed that 700 websites had been shut down and 220 people arrested as authorities tried to censor XXX sites. ®

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