Some really wealthy Chinese people opt to hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences for them.
If you had a chance to escape going to jail to serve your sentence, would you take it? Would you still take it if it meant putting an innocent person in your cell? Some Chinese people actually do that.
According to official reports, some Chinese people, who are wealthy enough, practice an extraordinary and absolutely inhumane practice called Ding Zui. In Chinese Ding Zui means “substitute criminal” or just a “replacement convict”. Those, who are wealthy enough to pull this off, hire body doubles to serve their prison sentences for them. For example, a recent case of an unnamed man shows that he decided to hire a substitute criminal instead of serve his own prison sentence. The man reportedly killed a young engineer in a car accident, but instead of facing the consequences, the guy just paid a body double to appear in court and to spend the next 3 months in jail. The reports show state that even though the inhumane practice of Ding Zui isn’t that common, it’s not exactly a rarity among the wealthy Chinese families, especially those in the underground business.
According to some reports, the convicted criminals (the real ones, not the substitute body doubles) are actually facing the consequences of their actions even by hiring substitute convicts. How can this be possible? Well, allegedly by paying both the body double and the fees for their crimes, the real criminals get punished for their actions. On the other hand, the body doubles get to show the world that justice has been served and they allegedly also help decrease the crime rate.
But still, doesn’t this practice sound inhumane and just wrong?