Two apps that include pornographic comics have somehow survived several rounds of internet cleanup campaigns, and have been profiting from charging readers for accessing their illicit contents, according to an investigation by media outlet Beijing News.

The two apps, called “Wawu Comics” and “Jipin X Comics” offer users a few free chapters before starting to ask for in-app coins that can only be purchased with real money, according to the report.

“Wawu Comics” charge 50 in-app coins, worth RMB 0.5 (about $0.07), for one chapter in a comic series. Comic series in the app generally contain 25 to 50 chapters, which means the total cost for users to finish a series ranges from RMB 12 to RMB 25. Another option users have is to pay a yearly VIP membership for RMB 399 that gives them unlimited access to all content.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com