Police in China have arrested 32 women for allegedly writing erotica for a gay website.

The women, include one 17-year-old, were arrested in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, ShanghaiDaily.com reports.

They were reportedly arrested for spreading obscene material.

Police said the website contained 80,000 erotic stories and had 600,000 registered members.

The site’s owner reportedly said that his workers were young women in their twenties in cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.

Last September, reports said that 80 gay men had been detained by police at a cruising spot in woods near Beijing.

They were apparently released after being photographed, although one report claimed they had been finger-printed and blood-tested.

China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.