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Employee at Britain's Hong Kong mission reportedly detained in China over prostitution

The British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong, China.
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An employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been detained in China for involvement in prostitution, China's state-backed Global Times newspaper said on Thursday.

China's foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the employee, Simon Cheng, had been detained in the border city of Shenzhen. Britain has expressed its extreme concern about the case.

Shenzhen police declined to make any immediate comment.