One of those sentenced is a college graduate, Li Wei, who managed the network.
Li, it was alleged, made over 120,000 yuan (,600) and was sentenced to two years behind bars with three years' probation, which simply means no time in prison if he stays clean for three years.
The Xiangzhou district court here ruled Li, 28, was just an "accessory to the crime".
Most of the network's clients were Taiwan-based men, said a report in the Southern China Metropolis Daily.
The paying clients were given the liberty to voice chat with the girls.
They were charged anywhere between 1 Taiwan dollar (a quarter of a yuan) to 20 Taiwan dollars for every minute of the conversation.
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ZHUHAI, Guangdong: Five members of a gang who operated "sex chat rooms" on the Internet from here were sentenced to two to four years in prison, the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported Wednesday.
According to the court, Li Xun acted as an agent for "several Taiwan-based porn chat websites" and started running his business in Zhuhai since the beginning of 2005.
He recruited a number of assistants, who worked as "managers and financial staff" for the operation.
The assistants recruited girls from across the country to log on to the chat rooms and indulge in sex chats with men, who had to pay a certain amount to enter the rooms.
The whole network was raising "hundreds of thousands of yuan" a day, according to the accusation.