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Internet Helps Desperate Mother Save Son

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Chinese Internet Cafes aren't the best place for minors; so much so that legally they're not allowed to let them in. Unfortunately for Chinese parents, there are a few "black" Internet cafes that operate unscrupulously. Luckily, one mother was able to win her fight against a conscienceless net cafe.


On Thursday, the Guangzhou Daily reported that a group of internet cafes in Foshan, Guangdong province were raided by the police for conducting "illegal" business. Eight illegally operated net cafes were shut down and 15 suspects were detained by the police. The cafes were shut down because they didn't have any business licenses and they were allowing young children in.

The police raid was authorised as a result of an investigation following a post written by a mother desperate to "save her son". The woman, whose son is still a minor, was at her wits' end with her son's gambling habit, which he had developed by playing an online slot machine game at the internet cafe.


According to the woman, her son had started visiting an internet cafe to play games with his friends. Over the course of his visits, the boy started getting attached to the cafe, spending most of his time there. He would steal money and various smaller electronic devices to] pay for his net cafe expenses.

The mother said she visited the net cafe and asked the owners not to allow her son in anymore. Sadly, her request was denied, and she was also asked to leave so as not to disturb the other customers.

The mother's post was sent to police by socially conscious netizens, and the police went and did their thing. It's unknown if the minor is back home being weened off his "gambling" habit, but hopefully he'll be more careful in the future.

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[未成年儿子混迹黑网吧 绝望妈妈发帖求解救] [Guangdong Daily via Tencent]

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Good on her! I had a similar problem with internet cafes when I was younger. I'd trade in some of my games and steal some money from my dad's wallet to get at least an hour game-time at a net cafe a few blocks from my house. Although I had a computer at home, it wasn't entirely mine as much as it was my sister's and my dad's, so I operated it for such little time. I know how addicting it is, especially at such a young age when your mind is ripe and your personality starts molding itself based on what's around you. Seeing how internet cafes are, for the most part, a place of social aspect, you have jackasses shouting vulgarities left and right. It's not a sound environment for kids.