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Inside the seedy world of China’s underground vice clubs where prostitution is rife and strippers bathe in tubs of beers

Monday - 07/08/2017 11:03
TAKE a peek inside China’s underground vice clubs where anything goes as scantily-clad workers bathe in beer and drink with clients.
Four women wear masks and little clothing as they take on a shift at the club. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
Four women wear masks and little clothing as they take on a shift at the club. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko

Despite China’s ban on strip clubs and sex work, nightclubs still find ways to appeal to guest’s more base desires.

Photographer and dancer Sergey Melnitchenko took these startling images after trying to make ends meet as a model and dancer in Chengdu.

When he got a job in one of the city’s nightclubs he decided to document what goes on with his camera.

China has a ban on strip clubs and sex work but underground clubs exist where sordid acts take place. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
China has a ban on strip clubs and sex work but underground clubs exist where sordid acts take place. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied
 
One woman who works at the club is pictured attaching tape to her nipples. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
One woman who works at the club is pictured attaching tape to her nipples. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

He said: “Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors.

“All of this — club, the club where I’m working.

“At one moment I realised how many great things are going on here that’s how the series ‘behind the scenes’ appeared.”

He says club workers are limited to dancing drinking and playing games with clients, who also enjoy drinking copious amounts as they frequent the underground nightclubs, however prostitution is still reportedly rife within the city.

Anything goes in these clubs where activities become dark and seedy. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
Anything goes in these clubs where activities become dark and seedy. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied
 
Make up and costumes add to the exciting element of the underground club. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
Make up and costumes add to the exciting element of the underground club. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

 

 
In the backstage area of the club workers embrace as they get ready for work. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
In the backstage area of the club workers embrace as they get ready for work. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes.

In one shot a man has clown face paint while others wear masks on stage.

Originally from Mykolayiv city in Ukraine, Melnitchenko spent four months in the club, which he has not named.

He described the venue as a huge bar with a stage where workers would perform and interact with guests.

A woman talks with a man who has come to frequent the club. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
A woman talks with a man who has come to frequent the club. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

 

One woman prepares to go on stage. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
One woman prepares to go on stage. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

Another photographer captured China’s seedy underworld in a fascinating series of images going behind the scenes of its brothels.

These amazing photos captured by Paolo Marchetti give an insight into the dark side of the Yunnan province, south of China, where rich business men visit during the night to be entertained.

In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes, and have marks on their body. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes, and have marks on their body. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

 

 
Wigs and outfits are heavily used for the niche activities which keeps punters pouring in. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
Wigs and outfits are heavily used for the niche activities which keeps punters pouring in. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

 

 
Two people carry out an act on stage in wigs and wearing underwear and heels. Picture: Sergey Melnitchenko
Two people carry out an act on stage in wigs and wearing underwear and heels. Picture: Sergey MelnitchenkoSource:Supplied

And just last week it was revealed that a Chinese fight club legally adopts orphaned children and trains them in mixed martial arts is under investigation.

A documentary released on Pear Video — a popular Chinese alternative to YouTube — has courted much controversy in China, leading to authorities in Chengdu, Sichuan province, to investigate the Enbo MMA Club.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.

Source: News Corp Australia Network:

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