The author of a gay porn novel has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in China prompting outrage on social media. Known by her writing alias Tianyi, the author—surnamed Liu—was jailed for "producing and selling pornographic materials" in October, The South China Morning Post reported. Though pornography is illegal in China, Tianyi's sentence has garnered attention due to its unusual severity. It described a forbidden love affair between a teacher and student which officials said was filled with "graphic depictions of male homosexual sex scenes" suffused with violence. The state-backed tabloid Global Times reported that the book detailed "perverted sexual acts like violation and abuse. Pornography is illegal in China and punishments for producing and disseminating such material for profit can vary from a few years behind bars to life imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense, the Post explained.
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Please refresh the page and retry. Written under the pen name Tianyi, the book Gongzhan tells the tale of an illicit love affair between a teacher and a student and sold 7, copies online last year. Still, the harsh sentence for Ms Liu incited public outrage as lighter sentences have been passed down for more serious crimes, including rape and murder. Last year, two ride-hailing drivers convicted of raping and assaulting passengers were given sentences of 10 months and 3.