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Family of missing UK consulate worker rejects ‘made-up’ report

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23.08.2019

THE family of a staffer at the UK consulate in Hong Kong have rejected a “made-up” report by Chinese state media that he was detained in the mainland for visiting prostitutes.

Simon Cheng disappeared after visiting the city of Shenzhen from the semi-autonomous city on August 8, and the Foreign Office in London said both British officials and relatives have been unable to speak to him since.

The Global Times, a tabloid state-run newspaper, said he had been detained for “soliciting prostitutes”, citing police in Shenzhen, which lies on the China-Hong Kong border.

But a Facebook page run by Cheng’s family dismissed the report.

“This is a made-up crime of soliciting prostitution, everyone should see it’s a joke,” the comment said.

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