Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Photo: Bags of rice, by Suri Sun

December 30, 2011 12:59 AM

Shadowy Sex Case Ensnares Local Officials

For McClatchy Newspapers, Tom Lasseter investigates a case of apparent forced prostitution by dozens of local teenagers in the central Chinese city of Chengguan, and questions how Beijing will be able to handle such cases of local power run amok: Past the terrible details set at a drab spa on the edge of an industrial park in central China, the incident raised troubling questions in

December 30, 2011 12:50 AM