China executes man who kept 6 women as sex slaves
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China executes man who kept 6 women as sex slaves

BEIJING (AP) — China executed a man on Tuesday who kept six women in a dungeon as sex slaves for periods of up to 21 months, during which he coerced three of them to kill two of their fellow captives, a court official said.

Li Hao, 36, had dug a dungeon underneath a basement he owned and tricked women who worked at hair salons, karaoke bars and a massage parlor into going there with him, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Li repeatedly raped the women, who were held there between two and 21 months, it said. Police said he wanted to make money by forcing the women into prostitution and to appear in obscene webcasts.

One of the women escaped and went to police.

The two women who died were killed by three of the others on Li’s instructions, and were also found guilty of murder, according to Xinhua, which said they were shown leniency.

When Li was arrested in September 2011, he was a married man with an 8-month-old son. He had built the dungeon in a residential complex away from his home, according to reports at the time.

Xinhua said he was convicted of offenses including murder, rape and illegal detention and sentenced to death in November 2012.

An official from the Henan High Court, who refused to give her name, confirmed Li’s execution and the Xinhua report.