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Police bust sex camp on Luofu MountainFarmhouse ran expensive courses to help those in unhappy marriages to achieve sexual liberationHe Huifeng22 March 2012Guangdong police raided a house on remote Luofu Mountain, near Huizhou, where a man held “experimental camps” that were said to help people achieve spiritual growth through sexual encounters.The two-storey farmhouse was where Qin Mingyuan offered expensive psychological training courses suspected to involve activities such as wife-swapping and group sex, the Yangcheng Evening News reported yesterday.Qin remains at large but a female assistant was detained.In the raid on Tuesday, police found a list of followers on the woman’s computer that indicated that hundreds of people from across the mainland and even Macau had joined Qin’s camps.Seized documents showed the camp and the courses were designed for people, especially women, who were in unhappy marriages and would help them achieve sexual, emotional, spiritual and institutional liberation.The report said 17 people had paid 100,000 yuan (HK$122,800) each for a 21-day course in August at the farmhouse, which has only five bedrooms.Qin claimed to have inherited his teachings from Osho, an Indian guru who advocated an open attitude towards sexuality. Qin started offering classes on the mainland after a visit to India in 2004, promoting extra-marital sexual freedom as a way to help people liberate their body, mind and spirit.The report said followers would be asked to release their sexual desires and touch each other during the course, and that Qin once organised a swim together in the nude. It said Qin told the followers that sex would be a component of advanced courses.The report also said Qin asked for donations to develop a commune on Luofu Mountain that would include kindergartens, primary schools, universities and hospitals for followers.Qin’s scheme appears to have copied that of Osho and his followers, who established a community known as Rajneeshpuram in the American state of Oregon. Within a year it was formed, the leadership of that commune became embroiled in a conflict with local residents, primarily over land use. The large collection of Rolls-Royce cars bought for Osho’s use also attracted notoriety.The Oregon commune collapsed in 1985 after Osho revealed that its leadership had committed a number of serious crimes. Osho was deported from the US and died in India at the age of 58 in 1990.
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