Swinging parties, or the more patronizing "wife-swapping" parties, may sound like a throwback to the '70s in the US, but in China they are illegal. In fact in the '70s, it was so illegal that punishments of death and life imprisonment were doled out without public outrage.
Now 14 men and women, between 27 and 53, face up to five years in jail for attending at least one of 18 spouse-swapping events. They found each other through a website, which was not initially for swinging but complaining about marriage. Over time they started meeting, and well, you know, it's not long before the car keys are in your best bowl!
If the people are found not guilty or walk away with a slap on the wrist, it could be considered a major victory for sexual freedom in China. Li Yinhe, an expert on attitudes toward sex at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, says it's a different country thanks to evolving attitudes and, of course, the Internet. Hundreds of websites exist for spouse swapping and group sex. It's become so easy to set up spouse swaps that a law on it is practically senseless.