A Chinese man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six men who joined in sado-masochistic games.

Zhou Youping, a singer in bars in the central province of Hunan, is said to have advertised for men to be his “slave” on gay websites.

A report from the Shanghai Daily said that he asked the men meet him in hotels to play erotic asphyxiation games.

It is alleged he killed his first victim in October last year because he discovered he was HIV-positive.

Zhou is said to have hung him as part of a sex game and then left him to die. He then did the same to five other men in the following months, it is claimed.

Two intended victims are said to have escaped.

Zhou has been held on murder charges.