Inside the seedy world of China’s underground vice clubs where prostitution is rife and strippers bathe in tubs of beers for drunken punters

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Despite China’s ban on strip clubs and sex work, nightclubs still find ways to appeal to guest’s more base desires.

TAKE a peek inside China’s underground vice clubs where anything goes as scantily-clad workers bathe in beer and drink with clients.

Despite China’s ban on strip clubs and sex work, nightclubs still find ways to appeal to guest’s more base desires.

One woman performs for a guest as the photographer peeks through a curtain

One woman performs for a guest as the photographer peeks through a curtain

Women wearing outfits pose as they work in the underground club

Women wearing outfits pose as they work in the underground club

China has a ban on strip clubs and sex work but underground clubs exist where sordid acts take place

China has a ban on strip clubs and sex work but underground clubs exist where sordid acts take place

One woman who works at the club is pictured attaching tape to her nipples

One woman who works at the club is pictured attaching tape to her nipples

Another woman is pinched by the cheeks by what is believed to be another worker

Another woman is pinched by the cheeks by what is believed to be another worker

A photographer has offered a glimpse inside the seedy world of underground clubs

A photographer has offered a glimpse inside the seedy world of underground clubs

Photographer and dancer Sergey Melnitchenko took these startling images after trying to make ends meet as a model and dancer in Chengdu.

When he got a job in one of the city’s nightclubs he decided to document what goes on with his camera.

He said: “Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors.

“All of this – club, the club where I’m working.

“At one moment I realised how many great things are going on here that’s how the series ‘behind the scenes’ appeared.”

He says club workers are limited to dancing drinking and playing games with clients, who also enjoy drinking copious amounts as they frequent the underground nightclubs, however prostitution is still reportedly rife within the city.

Anything goes in these clubs where activities become dark and seedy

Anything goes in these clubs where activities become dark and seedy

Photographer and dancer Sergey Melnitchenko took these startling images after trying to make ends meet as a model and dancer in Chengdu

Photographer and dancer Sergey Melnitchenko took these startling images after trying to make ends meet as a model and dancer in Chengdu

A group of workers gather for this picture in tights and underwear

A group of workers gather for this picture in tights and underwear

One woman prepares to go on stage wearing a mask and lingerie

One woman prepares to go on stage wearing a mask and lingerie

Two people carry out an act on stage in wigs and wearing underwear and heels

Two people carry out an act on stage in wigs and wearing underwear and heels

In the backstage area of the club workers embrace as they get ready for work

In the backstage area of the club workers embrace as they get ready for work

A woman talks with a man who has come to frequent the club

A woman talks with a man who has come to frequent the club

One man is pictured here in a clown outfit and facepaint

One man is pictured here in a clown outfit and facepaint

In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes.

In one shot a man has clown facepaint while others wear masks on stage.

Originally from Mykolayiv city in Ukraine, Melnitchenko spent four months in the club, which he has not named.

He described the venue as a huge bar with a stage where workers would perform and interact with guests.

In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes – here a woman looks bruised

In many of the photographs the workers are wearing underwear or costumes – here a woman looks bruised

Wigs and outfits are heavily used for the niche activities which keeps punters pouring in

Wigs and outfits are heavily used for the niche activities which keeps punters pouring in

Make up and costumes add to the exciting element of the underground club

Make up and costumes add to the exciting element of the underground club

Workers count the nights takings in the city club which appeals to base desires

Workers count the nights takings in the city club which appeals to base desires

Another photographer captured China’s seedy underworld in a fascinating series of images going behind the scenes of its brothels.

These amazing photos captured by Paolo Marchetti give an insight into the dark side of the Yunnan province, south of China, where rich business men visit during the night to be entertained.

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