Chinese porn-spotting student earns reward

A student in China who said his studies went downhill after he discovered Internet porn has been awarded 10,000 yuan (around £908) for helping the government track down on-line purveyors of filth.

The unidentified student won a government-sponsored on-line porn-hunting competition by reporting 32 websites that contained smut.

Chinese authorities offered rewards to users who reported finding on-line porn and in the first month, nearly 62,000 websites were reported, according to the Beijing News.

The student who reported finding 32 sites and scooped the top reward told the News that he'd been a good student until he found he could have so mush fun with mouse in one hand and todger in t'other.

"I used to get grades that were good enough to enter a really good university," he told the 'paper. "It is because of the influence of pornography on the Internet that I was only able to go to junior college," he confessed.

China now has the world's largest online population with more 338 million users. The surge in web use has been a commensurate rise in the availability of on-line porn and last year, Chinese police arrested over 5,000 people in an attempt to come down hard on the phenomenon, authorities said.