A video posted online of a woman being held at knifepoint by massage artists has gone viral, raising questions over the safety of women who do business with massage parlors in China.
The woman, who is being identified as Xiaoying, is shown on the video being restrained by three masseurs who have their faces covered.
One of the masseurs appears to slap the woman, while another pulls her legs apart to force her to sit.
The footage, posted on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform, was recorded on February 17 in a massage parlor in Chengdu.
Xiaoying was wearing a long dress and a mask and appeared to be in her 20s, her face covered, her body wrapped in a towel.
In the video, the woman can be heard asking for a massage.
“You want to see me naked?
We can do this.
I want to feel your skin.”
The video was posted on Chinese social network Weibo on Saturday and quickly went viral.
“I’m really worried about this.
If this goes on, my family and I won’t be able to continue my massage business,” said the woman.
She later posted a second video on Weiqing, another Chinese social networking site.
“My family and friends, please help me.
I’m really nervous,” she said.
The video has been viewed more than 200,000 times and received more than 6 million views.
A spokesperson for the Chengdu Police told Reuters the woman was detained for “serious criminal offences” after being “abducted in an unlawful manner”.
“We are currently investigating the matter and will take appropriate action,” the spokesperson said.