A human trafficking ring involving two gangs that abducted women, imprisoned them then sold them as sex slaves was recently busted by police in Dingyuan county, Anhui province.
Police have so far captured and arrested at least seven suspects, including the gang’s ringleaders, according to the Global Times, citing Anhui Business Daily. China Youth Daily reports that eight suspects have been arrested.
The gang members kidnapped women from Nanjing, Chuzhou, Hefei, Bengbu and other cities, then handed them off to one of the ringleaders, surnamed Yan, who kept them inside of a brick house before selling them off. The women were kept in dark cell-like rooms with no windows, anhuinews.com reported. If they attempted to escape, they were brutally beaten.
At least 10 women are believed to have been abducted by the gangs within the past five years. The gang members tried selling victims for 10,000 to 20,000 yuan each by taking them outside “for a walk” to show that they had no physical disabilities. Many buyers “returned” women with mental disabilities.
In August, police received a call from a woman who said that she had been abducted and sold to a man and his son, then led them to the buyers.
Police were able to track down Yan, and in his house found papers with buyers’ numbers and sales contracts.
Earlier this year, a man in Fuzhou was arrested after police discovered that he’d been keeping two women as sex slaves in a cellar of a doghouse. Two months before that, a man was put to death for kidnapping six women, keeping them as sex slaves in a dungeon beneath his home and forcing them to kill each other.
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