A banquet offers a menu of dishes made with breast milk. (Internet photo)
A reporter working for China's official Xinhua news agency has blown the whistle on sex parties held by wealthy businessmen to bribe high-ranking government officials, revealing details of activities such as drinking human breast milk.
Zhou Fang posted an article on his microblog on July 17 claiming knowledge of parties where officials would pay a 5,000 yuan (US$815) admission fee to engage in sex acts with young women and drink breast milk from young nursing mothers.
The parties were restricted to officials of a certain rank or above and have been going on in Beijing for years, wrote Fang, who volunteered to provide witnesses and additional information to the state disciplinary watchdog so it can take action.
"The wealthy businessman who invited [the official] that day is still in prison and would be very easy to interrogate," Fang added.
The post went viral almost instantly on China's microblogs and was also quickly picked up by Hong Kong newspapers. As the scandal involved senior officials, one of whom is allegedly from the central propaganda department, the censors acted swiftly to prevent the claims from spreading further.
According to reports, the milk-drinking parties were a novelty sparked by recent revelations that wealthy businessmen in Shenzhen have been hiring wet nurses for their own use because they believe in the health benefits of human breast milk. Corrupt officials are often bribed with high quality feasts, and the milk orgies are merely an extension of this practice, the reports added.
As usual, internet users have called into question Zhou's motive for uncovering the scandal, some calling him an attention seeker, while others have said he must be seeking revenge for something. Judging from the furious tone of her words, including her use of the threat "Let's see who dies first," many netizens have presumed there is likely to be a personal vendetta involved.
Zhou Fang 周方