Li Hao was executed today, a little over a year after he received his death sentence. It’s hard to cover the depravity of Li’s crimes in a single sentence, but it would be something like: He kidnapped six women and trapped them in a hand-dug dungeon beneath his home, raped them, forced them to have sex with strangers, filmed it, put the films online, and coerced several of the women into murdering the other ones. Christ.
The official charges levied against Li were murder, rape, illegal detention, organized prostitution, and pornography. According to CNN:
The six women Li tricked into coming home with him were held there for between two and 21 months.
Li repeatedly raped the women, forced them to appear in pornographic web shows from March to April 2011 and made them have sex with customers for a brief period, it added.
We covered the “sex dungeon” case as it emerged in 2011. Local police have been embarrassed and ashamed for not catching Li sooner but, all things considered, better late than never.
Three of the women captives were found guilty of murder, but the court has been considering how to best deal with that charge, as the women were being coerced by Li at the time.
State executions are still one of the darkest bruises on China’s human rights record, and the country is rightly ostracized for its massive execution rate (or, really, having any state executions at all). So no, it’s not right to execute this man, but seriously, fuck Li Hao.