Man confined 6 women as sex slaves, killed 2
Li Hao spent about two years digging two small rooms 4 meters beneath a basement before abducting the girls, who all worked at nightclubs and karaoke bars. The underground prison was where the women ate, slept and defecated in and where the two killed were buried. With no way to escape, the girls resigned to their circumstances and even fought with each other to gain his attention and approval.
Stockholm SyndromePolice say the women may be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome - when hostages start to sympathize with their captors.The sex slaves were kidnapped by Li Hao from karoke bars. He kept them in a semistarved situation as a way to break down their resistance, and make it difficult for them to escape.The underground prison remained unknown to residents of a crowded area after Li bought the place and dug up the earth under the ground floor to create two rooms. He kept the six girls in the two rooms without toilet facilities.The paper described the underground prison where the women ate, slept and defecated in as dank and smelly. With no way to escape, the women resigned to their circumstances and even fought with each other to gain his attention and approval.The competition resulted in a brutal fight with one of the woman killing another inmate at Li's instigation. Li killed another woman when he felt she had become disobedient. He allegedly buried the bodies under the basement rooms.Li lives with his wife, 24, and their 1-year-old child. Li's wife and son lived in another part of the city and were ignorant of his activities."We can't imagine this," said Kou Yongxue, a resident who lives in the building above the dungeon. "This is too cruel to believe. Neighbors are still shuddering at this."
Authorities denied claims of an attempted coverupThe case has led to waves of discussion online, while the reporter who broke the story has even accused local authorities of trying to cover up the grizzly discovery because the prime suspect works in the local quality supervision authority.Ji Xuguang of Southern Metropolis Daily said on Thursday he was "threatened" and interrogated by officials about his source."They asked me who tipped me off and said I was revealing a 'State secret'," the journalist wrote on his micro blog, along with a picture of two men he claims were city officials.In a phone interview with China Daily on Thursday night, Ji said he was trying to protect himself by posting the message, adding that he has left the province due to safety concerns.