Chinese Billionaire Gets 5 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old

A real estate billionaire in China was sentenced to only five years in prison for molesting a 9-year-old girl in his hotel room.

The details: Chinese tycoon Wang Zhenhua was arrested and detained a year ago for the sexual assault that resulted in the girl suffering from vaginal lacerations. 

  • The crime happened inside a five-star hotel room in Shanghai on June 29, 2019, reports the New York Times.
  • Zhou Yanfen, a supposed friend of the survivor’s mother, brought the young girl and her older sister to Wang’s hotel room.
  • Zhou had promised the girls’ mom that she was bringing the girls to Shanghai Disneyland.
  • It was later revealed that Wang paid Zhou 10,000 yuan (about $1,400) to bring the children to him.
  • The mother learned what happened after her daughter came back and told her about the abuse.
  • She immediately called the police and both Wang and Zhou were arrested.
  • Upon his arrest, Zhenhua was removed from his post as chairman of Seazen Holdings, one of the biggest real estate developers in China.
  • Zhenhua, who remains as the company’s majority shareholder, was replaced with his son.
  • The Zhenhua family wealth is estimated to be around $6 billion.

The trial: Wang was tried for “molestation” as the investigation found “no sexual organ contact” and therefore the crime could not be classified as rape.

  • The billionaire denied molesting the girl during the two-day closed hearing at a Putuo district court in Shanghai.
  • Wang was sentenced to five years in prison, which under Chinese law, is the maximum sentence for molestation.
  • Zhou was given a four-year prison sentence for bringing the girls to Wang’s hotel.
  • The verdict for the high-profile case sparked outrage on Chinese social media, reports Shanghaiist.
  • “Vaginal lacerations are sexual, how could this not be rape?” a Weibo user wrote. “Five years is too light, this crime is truly frightening.”
  • “The laws are made for the poor. The rich are above the law,” another user was quoted as saying.

Feature Image (left) via Seazen Holdings, (right) via SCMP/Toutiao

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