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Alibaba Says Some Taobao Staff Arrested, Online Stores Shut

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s biggest e-commerce company, said police arrested some workers at its Taobao Internet shopping site after a “small” number were accused of accepting improper benefits from vendors.

Taobao has shut down nine online stores of the vendors involved, Alibaba Group said in a statement on Taobao’s website today. Police also made arrests at external Taobao vendors, according to the statement.