ZHENGZHOU, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- A man from central China who kept six female sex slaves in a dungeon and ultimately killed two of them was executed on Tuesday.
Li Hao, 36, was convicted of murder, rape, illegal detention, organized prostitution and manufacturing pornography for profit. He was sentenced to death, deprived of political rights for life and fined 10,000 yuan( about 1,650 U.S. dollars), according to the first instance sentence handed down by Luoyang Intermediate People's Court in Nov. 2012.
A higher court in Henan Province upheld the ruling after Li lodged an appeal. The death penalty has been approved by the Supreme People's Court.
It was Li himself who dug the dungeon under a basement he bought in Luoyang in August 2009. The six women Li tricked into coming home with him were held there for between two and 21 months.
Li, a clerk with the Luoyang technological supervision bureau, repeatedly raped the women, forced them to appear in obscene online shows from March to April 2011 and forced them to have sex with customers for a few days from late August to early September in 2011.
The dungeon was discovered when one of the women escaped and went to police.
In a bizarre twist in the case, Duan, Jiang and Zhang, three of Li's sex slaves, were also found guilty of murder, having killed other two women in the dungeon on Li's instructions. The three women were shown leniency. Duan, who was found to have killed both women, was sentenced to three years in prison, while the other two were put on probation.
According to details revealed by the police, Li's motive was to make money by forcing the women into prostitution or to appear in obscene webcasts.
The women had worked at karaoke bars, hair salons and a massage shop before they fell victim to Li. When arrested in September 2011, Li was married and had an eight-month-old son.
Li was executed "according to law" after meeting close relatives in a detention house in Luoyang, according to a statement issued by the Supreme People's Court.
After the appalling details of the case were made public, the Luoyang police chief apologized for failing to detect the crimse sooner and suspended four police officers.