Shanghaied In Shanghai! Chinese police bust karaoke criminals

The beauty of Shanghai from afar belies the dangers within (Photo: courtesy of

The beauty of Shanghai from afar belies the dangers within (Photo: courtesy of

Excitement, adventure, and the overall desire to experience “something different” are common traits associated with tourists who find their way into the big city. Unfortunately, they are also perfect avenues for criminals to exploit no matter what city you’re in.

According to an article on, fifteen members of a karaoke-based crime gang have been arrested by Shanghai police for luring tourists into “karaoke honey traps.” This musical maffia has allegedly been enticing “witless foreigners” into underground karaoke dens and then extorting them for thousands of pounds for the services provided… whatever those may be.

The Shanghai Daily newspaper reported that unsuspecting tourists were lead into these hidden bars where they were promised an evening in the presence of beautiful women while singing their favorite karaoke tunes. The experience apparently came at a high and unsuspected price, however, as patrons would be approached by “large men” and coerced into paying thousands of pounds before being allowed to leave.

Police eventually rounded up the gang after one lucky gentleman managed to escape from a car in which gang members were holding him and “ran to a nearby police car,” where he told his tale of karaoke kidnapping.

If you plan to travel to Shanghai anytime in the near future, keep your wits about you. The cops may have put an end to one of these groups, but who knows how many other crooner cronies are out there?

Come to think of it, maybe it’s just safer to stay home in general. Karaoke Cloud and Sing-N-Share let you do just that. With thousands of your favorite karaoke hits and new ones being added every week, we’re you’re one-stop shopping place for everything karaoke… and you don’t even have to leave the house!