The term “sugar daddy” has once again gone viral on social media after an article posted on Chinanews.com yesterday described a 20-year-old Chongqing male who was locked in an apartment and nearly starved to death by his 40-something businessman boyfriend.
According to Yubei Police Station, the young man surnamed Liu had been locked in the room of a rented apartment without sufficient food for five days until he was seen lying on the balcony by neighbors, who had initially mistaken him for a thief.
Soft tissue injuries were found on Liu’s leg and doctors said that his condition would’ve been life-threatening had he gone without food much longer.
Liu was fed at the police station. Upon interrogation, he simply told police: “I was too hungry.”
Eventually, Liu confessed that he was abandoned and detained in the apartment for five days by his middle-aged lover who rented the place. The elder man would pay Liu regular visits “once every two nights” leaving “500 to 1,000 yuan in cash each time” several months ago.
He met the man, surnamed Zhao, in 2014. Zhao was the vice president of a company in Chongqing and the ‘breadwinner’ in the relationship.
Within months, however, the relationship deteriorated and Zhao gradually began avoiding Liu. The last time they saw each other, Zhao closed the door on Liu and locked him in, saying: “I need to go on a business trip, you don’t have to see me anymore.”
The victim is physically stable, Chongqing police confirmed on March 19.
By Lily Lin