If they were it would be a man-bites-dog story. This was the very police force that started arresting a few Internet users who had passed on the sexy pix to their friends despite the fact that the photos had not been ruled obscene.
Subsequently the relevant Hong Kong panel ruled the pictures indecent rather than obscene. Major Chinese newspapers increased their press runs by 30 percent to handle street sales from the story. It is likely that at least a million people in Hong Kong alone have seen some of the raunchier ones in full anatomical detail. Millions more have seen the printed version, genitalia obscured, which have been published in feverish local magazines and newspapers.
One man was detained for days without bail but was eventually released. The police and the government in general may have rushed to make this an important issue because one of the indirect victims was Albert Yeung, head of the Emperor Entertainment Group, whose family hails from the tough Chiu Chow region of southern China. One of them, Vincy Yeung, was his niece, a daughter of his brother. The technician then gradually released them to the Internet.
However, though this story may hold water in some respects, it looks unlikely to be the whole truth. It certainly does not fully explain why the photos surfaced when they did, or why new photos continue to make their appearance. This suggests that someone other than the technician has control of the smut cache, which according to some reports is said to run to hundred of stills and video clips and to involve 10 or so girls. Yeung himself is a well-known business figure long said — and of course denied — to have or have had connections to the Sun Yee On triad, a criminal organization of long repute with activities in Hong Kong, China and beyond.
He has had several brushes with the law. In he was jailed for attempting to pervert the course of justice and in was cleared of criminal intimidation and false imprisonment after all five prosecution witnesses suffered sudden memory lapses when called to testify.
Triad activity has long been known to be rife in the film and entertainment business in Hong Kong and the Cantopop industry is among its most profitable aspects. Although Yeung has many other business interests, ranging from a casino in Pyongyang to hotels and jewelry stores in Hong Kong, he is best known for his role in the entertainment industry and even into his 60s is noted in the gossip columns for his attraction to budding female performers.
The media frenzy over the sex photos may even help others in the industry, particularly the magazines and newspapers which have seen their circulations soar. Despite the generally depressed market, New Media was 48 times oversubscribed and doubled in price when trading began. Heung is a son of the reputed founder of Sun Yee On and was himself identified as an office bearer of the triad in a report on organized crime to the US Senate.
Internet blogs such as asianfanatics. They draw heavily on the background and past records of various players.