Corruption crackdown ages you faster than meth addiction, Chinese media prove

By Ryan Kilpatrick, May 6, 2015

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Social media has literally blown up this week thanks to Microsoft's new app How-Old.Net, which guesses users' age and gender based on face detection software.

With bored web users worldwide sharing their results online, Chinese media have jumped on the bandwagon as well. In this illuminating piece, The Beijing News used the app to prove that corruption is terrible for your complexion.

Face of corruption

Not too long ago, Li Daqiu was the spritely young Vice-Chair of the Guangxi Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference. In October 2014, however, Li was convicted of taking bribes of nearly RMB11 million and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

By the time our little planet made one trip around the sun, Li had aged two decades more than the rest of us. To keep your skin firm, you have to keep your ethics even firmer.

Face of corruption

Beneath those dark circles and puffy eye sockets lies Chen Baihuai, the former Vice-Chairman of the Hubei Provincial People's Political Consultative Conference. Detained and tried for corruption charges in 2014, Chen has aged 19 years since. 

Face of corruption

True to his name, Liu Tienan was indeed an "Iron Man" back when he was Director of the National Energy Administration. Today, he's just a twisted piece of scrap metal. 

In 2013, Liu was investigated and dismissed for corruption-related offenses. In December 2014, Liu was convicted on charges of bribery, and sentenced to life in prison.

READ MORE: Former National Energy Administration chief admits taking millions in bribes

Face of corruption

Liao Shaohua used to have the sleek, dark locks of a black stallion, back when he was Communist Party Secretary of Zunyi and Party Secretary of Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture.

After he "fell from his worse," however, all of his joy - as well as his hair - turned to ashes. On April 9 this year, Liao was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for accepting his bribes and abusing his position. The true punishment for his crimes, however, must be his ravaged looks. 

If the moral and legal ramifications for abusing your power and embezzling public funds doesn't turn you off, then surely that will. 

[Images via The Beijing News]

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