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Family accused of enslaving woman

The Local · 9 Jun 2011, 20:58

Published: 09 Jun 2011 20:58 GMT+02:00

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A police commando unit raided the home in the town of Haßmersheim in Baden-Württemberg on Wednesday and detained the father, mother and son on suspicion of imprisoning the woman and brutally forcing her to perform household tasks.

In an least one instance, the father allegedly raped the victim. A source close to the investigation said the son was a minor.

"During the entire time, the victim was repeatedly abused, humiliated and threatened," prosecutors in the city of Mosbach said in a statement.

The family "is strongly suspected of using violence and threats to force the victim to perform household chores and to snuff out any hope of fleeing from her thoughts."

Prosecutor Franz-Josef Heering declined to elaborate on the case but told news agency AFP the alleged victim and the family members were all German citizens and knew each other before she was believed to have been taken prisoner.

He declined to comment on the ages of the suspects.

Authorities said at least one member of the family kept watch over the woman at all times but that she was nevertheless able to escape last weekend through an open window.

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Heering said she reported her alleged ordeal to police in a neighbouring town.

Because they had reason to believe the family held weapons, police dispatched the commando unit.


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Your comments about this article

09:08 June 10, 2011 by anurag_bagaria
what the heck! Could not imagine of such things happening in Deutschland. Huh!
09:17 June 10, 2011 by ND1000
This family is lucky the commandos didnt kill them.
10:13 June 10, 2011 by marimay
Those Germans and their horrible culture and religion!

Sarcasm of course, but you know comments would be flooded with such had they been of another ethnicity.
10:20 June 10, 2011 by ExileAdventure

got your sarcasm but I really wonder anyway at your comment--have you ANY idea how much, much higher is the percentage of this bizarre and obnoxious cases in other cultures, especially in the US and the UK?
10:59 June 10, 2011 by LecteurX
"Foreigners" (understand, brownish people) accused of any crime.

Immediate reaction: "oh these horrible foreigners" with their "horrible cultures" (the culture bit from people who think they won't be mistaken with the racists they are)

"Natives" accused of any heinous crime. Immediate reaction: "well, sure, but there is a much higher 'percentage' of this in 'other cultures' anyway".

Oh well then.
11:26 June 10, 2011 by zeddriver
Thanks a lot marimay, I understand your sarcasm. But you now have accidentally opened the gate for the USA & UK haters.

LecteurX, That is called deflecting the subject away from ones self. Anyone with a sibling learned it as a kid. When caught doing something bad. The first reaction by the guilty party is to point a finger at someone else and point out loudly that the other person did something worse.

Unfortunately, There are deviant and evil people in EVERY culture. It's fortunate that this young woman was able to escape before she came to more harm.
11:40 June 10, 2011 by marimay
Yeah, sorry. :/
11:44 June 10, 2011 by ND1000
Hey ExileAdventure, we have no idea how many cases there are like this in US or UK. Why dont you enlighten us with some facts and figures if you can? While you are at it make sure its about modern day kidnapping and enslavement of individuals. Make it from a reliable source as well and not just some liberal America hater website. Thanks in advance.
12:25 June 10, 2011 by trash head
> Make it from a reliable source as well and not just some liberal America hater website.

Yeah, some real right winged source which switch directly the topic to the golden sidewalks everywhere and cockaigne wellfare. lmao
12:43 June 10, 2011 by dareimm
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15:52 June 10, 2011 by jbaker
Is she an orphan and no known friends or relatives. How do you go missing for a year and no one is looking for you? This story needs a lot more explaining to do.

I do believe All people need to be treated with respect, regardless of age,sex,race or religion.
18:27 June 10, 2011 by wagnha
Ha, Ha.....a similar story from the Washington Post today!!!!!

You may have to register to read it...sorry.

18:35 June 10, 2011 by McNair Kaserne
Was she hot? Just askin'....... :)

But yeah, how does she disappear for a year and no one notices? I agree, more to the story here.....
19:21 June 10, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
The article said they all knew each other? Wouldn't the victim's family know them too? Why was she hanging out with them anyway? You'd expect people like that to give off a vibe that would say "hey, we might try to kidnap you soon," or something like that. The whole family couldn't have been sociopaths who conceal their true nature under a guise of 'normal' persons. Just some questions I think need answers to clarify what actually happened. You can't judge on assumptions.
11:19 June 11, 2011 by Zobirdie
ROFL Just said they were citizens... didnt say they were ethnic germans! :D
19:34 June 11, 2011 by Englishted
Don't really have any comment until I hear or read more.

So just in case I'll get in first :

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