A young Chinese woman has been rescued after being held captive in a man’s apartment as a sex slave for six years.
The unnamed victim, who was found and rescued by her mother earlier this year, had recently been revealed to have given birth to children fathered by her captor and his son.
Identified only by his surname Deng, the man who fathered a boy with his victim has been charged with rape. The offspring is now about four or five years old, reports South China Morning Post.
Meanwhile, the man’s son fathered a pair of boy-girl twins who are now about a year old. It was not reported what the son’s age was and whether he was also charged with a similar felony.
The girl was just 14 years old when she left her home in Zhumadian, Henan province, following a dispute with her brother in 2012.
Her relatives did not inform the authorities that she was missing then.
At the time, her mother, Li Ailing, was serving a prison sentence for economic crimes she committed the year before. Her father was also absent from her life as he left the family years prior to her running away.
Li was released from prison in July 2016 and it was only then when she learned that her daughter had been missing for four years. She soon initiated a search, posting missing-person posters throughout the city.
In January, a woman in shabby clothing smiled at Li as she was putting up a poster at a residential area. According to Li, she immediately knew it was her daughter.
The daughter initially denied knowing who she was as Li tried her best to get her to recognize her.
When Li urged her long-lost daughter to look closely at her face, she finally called Li “Mom.” However, she still refused to go home with her, only saying the word “children” when asked why she could not.
Li sought the help of the police and returned to the apartment unit where she found her daughter. When they entered the home, they found the three children.
Li took her daughter home and later noticed signs of mental trauma. The victim, now 20 years old, reportedly showed difficulty in communicating with others. She would also giggle when she was alone.
Doctors would later diagnose her with schizophrenia, a disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels and behaves.
According to Li, her daughter was able to tell her in separate bits of information that Deng abducted her immediately after she left their home in 2012. She was held captive in the man’s home until she gave birth to the twins.
While Li attempted numerous times to have the man’s family prosecuted for the abduction, she eventually agreed to a settlement that would have had Deng’s son marry the daughter. At the time of the agreement, which was brokered by police in July, Li was still unaware of the exact circumstances of how her daughter got pregnant.
However, Li would learn new information that made her question who really fathered her daughter’s oldest child.
“She told me the father undressed her, too,” Li said.
When a DNA test verified her suspicions, Deng was soon arrested and charged with rape. Later tests confirmed that the twins had been fathered by Deng’s son.
“At first I could not understand how my daughter could become a schizophrenia patient within six years,” Li lamented. “She was only 14 (at the time of her abduction). How could she handle this?”
Li’s daughter would later shed more light on the matter, sharing that she had been undressed in the presence of Deng’s wife. When she tried to escape, she was beaten badly and became afraid to try to leave again.
She also revealed that she was forced to sleep with both the father and son.
Since her rescue almost a year ago, the daughter has not seen her children as her mother did not try to take the children with them.
While it was reported that the children have remained at Deng’s home since the rescue in January, it was not revealed who is looking after them following Deng’s arrest.
Featured Image from Weibo (via SCMP)