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Monday 21 April 2014

Man who kept women as sex slaves executed

Four officials have been dismissed over a stampede at a mosque in China that left 14 people dead
Four officials have been dismissed over a stampede at a mosque in China that left 14 people dead

A man who kept six women as sex slaves in a dungeon for up to 21 months at a time has been executed, authorities in China said.Li Hao was also convicted of murdering two of the women.

The official Xinhua News Agency said he was convicted of offences including murder, rape and illegal detention and sentenced to death in November 2012.

Xinhua said the two women who died were killed by three of the others on Li's instructions, and were also found guilty of murder. It said the three were shown leniency.

Li dug the dungeon under a basement. The women were held for between two and 21 months.

An official from the Henan High Court confirmed Li's execution today and the Xinhua report.

One of the three women who was coerced into killing their fellow captives was later sentenced to three years in prison for her part in the deaths, while the others were given probation.

Li had dug a dungeon underneath a basement he bought in August 2009 and tricked women who worked at hair salons, karaoke bars and a massage parlour into going there with him, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

He repeatedly raped the women and forced them to appear in obscene webcasts from March to April 2011 and forced them to have sex with "customers" from late August to early September that year, Xinhua said.

His dungeon in Luoyang city in central Henan province was discovered after one of the women escaped and went to police.

When Li was arrested in September 2011, he was a married man with an eight-month-old son. He had built the dungeon in a residential complex away from his home, according to reports at the time. Li was a clerk with the Luoyang technical supervision bureau, a government department which deals with quality control.

Xinhua said he was convicted of murder, rape, illegal detention, organised prostitution and manufacturing pornography for profit. He was sentenced to death in November 2012, as well as being deprived of his political rights and fined 10,000 yuan (£1,000).

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