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Mentally disabled woman, US child held captive with snakes

Published on Jun 19, 2013 6:21 AM
 
Stephen Anthony (right), FBI special agent, talks alongside U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach at a news conference about the arrest of three individuals accused of human trafficking in Ashland county, at the Justice Center in Cleveland, Ohio on June 18, 2013. A mentally disabled woman and her child were forced to live in an Ohio basement with snakes and pitbulls and were treated like slaves for more than two years, United States (US) prosecutors said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CHICAGO (AFP) - A mentally disabled woman and her child were forced to live in an Ohio basement with snakes and pitbulls and were treated like slaves for more than two years, United States (US) prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The woman finally escaped by stealing a candy bar and telling police she'd rather go to jail than go home because her roommates "were mean to her". Three of her tormentors were arrested on human trafficking charges.

"We are yet again reminded that modern-day slavery exists all around us," said Steven Dettelbach, US Attorney for the northern district of Ohio.

"The victims in this case endured violence, threats, sub-human living conditions and other horrific acts."

 
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