updated 9/22/2011 10:14:19 PM ET 2011-09-23T02:14:19

A Chinese man has been detained on suspicion of keeping six women in a basement as his sex slaves for two years and killing two of them.

A publicity official for police in Luoyang city in central Henan province says the suspect, Li Hao, is in police custody. The official said Friday that the suspect is an employee of the city's technological supervision bureau.

The Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported that Li kidnapped the women, who worked as hostesses at karaoke bars, and locked them in two small rooms he dug beneath a rented basement away from his home.

The paper said he then raped the women and killed two of them, and that one of the women escaped and went to the police.

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