The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) “zero-COVID” policy has made people miserable, but local officials use this opportunity to steal money. For example, shady scenes of Xinjiang officials reselling “exit permits” have been revealed online. Police claimed to have arrested those involved but denied they were selling “exit permits.”

The CCP has locked down and controlled Xinjiang for more than three months in the name of “pandemic prevention.” As a result, many Han people are blocked and unable to leave Xinjiang. Recently, online information that some people sell “exit permits” at high prices was exposed.

On November 7, an online post said that a Xinjiang woman wanted to accompany her father, who had a severe eye injury, back to the mainland for treatment, and she sought help from a male acquaintance. The man claimed to be able to “apply for an exit permit.” It resulted in her not only paying a high price, but she was also sexually exploited.

The audio recording posted by the whistleblower shows the man claiming that others need over $1,100 (8,000 yuan) to buy an “exit permit.” Still, she only needs to pay $420 on the condition that she “slept with him four times” after returning to Xinjiang. The woman did not immediately say whether she would accept it but would “consider.”

On November 4, a video appeared online showing a man wearing protective gear. He was telling truck drivers stuck on the G30 highway in Xinjiang that he could apply for an exit permit from the inside. He said he had previously sold more than 8,000 sheets, but this time due to the strict control, he only sold about 20 sheets. The video shows the truck driver scanning the code on the man’s mobile phone. He said that he has to pay $280 each time he passes.

The video attracted much attention, so local officials began “putting out the fire.” Xinjiang police issued two notices on November 7.

One notice said they had arrested a man surnamed Zhang, who claimed to be selling “exit permits” on the highway at 1 a.m. on November 7. Police said the man was only selling daily necessities in the highway service area and could “get an exit permit” because he “made it himself,” etc.

Another notice said that a man surnamed Li, who sold the “exit permit” to the woman, was also arrested. However, the police denied that there was a sale of “exit permits,” saying that Li was faking being a pandemic prevention officer.

Although the police are trying their best to “correct the rumors,” many netizens do not believe it, as the CCP’s reputation is constantly declining.

Some netizens posted screenshots revealing that a man on WeChat still sells passports in Xinjiang. The asking price is $420 for a small car and $700 for a truck. Even after the police released the notice, the man confidently replied that he would not be arrested. He added that if he can sell it openly, as someone protects him. 

A Xinjiang Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee official confirmed to Radio Free Asia (RFA) that more than 20 people selling “exit permits” were arrested in Xinjiang. However, the official claimed that the “exit permits” those people sold were all “fake,” the same excuse used by the police.

The official also said that leaving Xinjiang in emergencies requires a lot of information and “won’t be quick” to get approval at the county and other levels.

An online announcement showed that Xinjiang police had “corrected the rumor,” the next day, ordering them to invalidate all previously issued licenses and request new ones.

When Xinjiang was suddenly locked down in August, many foreigners were trapped, wretchedly asking for help online. Some people need to go to the mainland for urgent medical treatment but can’t go.

Zhu Lili, a 26-year-old girl from Shandong who followed her parents to work in Shaya County, Xinjiang, asked for help online, saying she was suspected of having pancreatic cancer. She could not go to the major mainland hospital because of the lockdown. But her request for help was quickly censored by Weibo.

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