Chinese authorities have executed a woman who headed a massive prostitution ring in the southwestern part of the country, according to Chinese media.
Wang Ziqi, who based her operations in the city of Chongqing, was convicted in 2010 of forcing hundreds of young women into prostitution by first luring them to work at tea houses, hotels and beauty salons.
Wang was given a death sentence following a trial that indicated she and her sister Wang Wanning took the women’s identity cards, confiscated their property and earnings and holding them against their will, according to the official Chongqing Daily news website.
According to a report from Agence France Presse (AFP(, many of the women went insane or died during their enforced captivity, which often included beatings and periods of isolation.
The gang enslaved at least 300 women between 1994 and 2009.
AFP also noted that two other sisters were involved in the prostitution conspiracy.
It is unclear if Wanning was put on trial or not.
BBC reported that local officials in Chongqing – led by Communist Party chief, Bo Xilai -- have been aggressively cracking down on organized crime and official corruption, having executed many convicted criminal over the past two years.