China fact of the day

China is stepping up its hard line against internet pornography by threatening life imprisonment for anyone caught peddling porn.

Ne’er-do-wells involved in the production and distribution of online adult content – including “phone sex” – face a range of punishments including compulsory surveillance and imprisonment. Those behind sites that generate more than 250,000 hits will be treated as “very severe” and could face life imprisonment.

Linking the jail sentence to the number of hits, now that is a saddening use of optimal punishment theory. Here is the full story.


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