Beijing court convicts man for abduction, forcing victim to perform as 'living statue'

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/9/10 17:13:39

A Beijing court has sentenced a man after he abducted and abused a man for five days, during which he forced his captive to perform as a living statue for tips from tourists. 

The man surnamed Zuo was handed 14 months in jail for the abduction back in October.

Urban management officers in Xicheng district said they stumbled upon the victim, surnamed Li, after catching sight of a foot dangling from the back bed of a parked three-wheeler. 

In it they discovered a bound Li, who said he had been kidnapped, officers told the court.

They called police. With Li's help, officers were able to detain Zuo that afternoon.

Li described that for five days Zuo had held him against his will and made him perform as a living statue. A common street performance, living statues pose in makeup for long periods of time and charged onlookers for photos.

Li said Zuo would beat him and use pepper spray if he didn't cooperate. "I would pose with tourists while he collected the money," said Li, adding that Zuo charged 20 yuan ($2.9) a photo but never gave him a penny.

Li was forced to sleep on the tricycle with hands bound, just as officers found him.

Zuo told authorities he had first approached Li to work as a living statue because he believed him to be mentally challenged and easily exploitable.

He is currently behind bars.

Beijing Morning Post


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