A former member of China's national legislature has gone on trial for organizing prostitution and destroying evidence.

Liang Yaohui was the biggest name to fall in a wide-ranging crackdown on the sex trade in the southern city of Dongguan.

Liang allegedly arranged for 100 prostitutes to entertain clients inside sauna rooms at the city's Crown Prince Hotel, of which he was chairman.

The scheme was exposed and the hotel closed following a series of raids in February 2014 that resulted in detention of more than 1,000 prostitutes and their clients and the removal of dozens of police officials.

The Dongguan prosecutors' office said on its microblog that Liang's trial began Wednesday and would continue Thursday.

Liang was dismissed from the National People's Congress, China's legislature, following his arrest last year.