They were members of a modern-day swingers' club in China, where people met online and then gathered in homes or hotels for group sex parties involving dozens of men and women. Last month, Ma Yaohai, a 53-year-old college professor and 21 others went on trial in the southeastern city of Nanjing, accused of "group licentiousness"—a charge created in a 1997 law and never used until now. The verdict is due tomorrow the AP reports.
The case has both titillated China, and set off a debate about sexual freedom, the AP reports. Once an extremely sexually conservative society, China has been transformed by its rising prosperity and personal freedoms. Many are supporting Ma , who, on entering the court at the start of the two-day trial, blurted out, "How can I disturb social order? What happens in my house is a private matter." China Daily even dared to question the government's actions in a lengthy article entitled “Sex liberation stymied by law.”