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Trafficking in Person Report 2008

"On this trip, I've had sex with a 14-year-old girl in Mexico and a 15-year-old in Colombia. I'm helping them financially. If they don't have sex with me, they may not have enough food. If someone has a problem with me doing this, let UNICEF feed them."

Retired U.S. Schoolteacher

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horror in Austria. update 2. Elizabeth and Josef Fritzl

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There was a press conference. More facts were revealed about Josef Fritzl. The cellar which he kept his daughter and her children in for years, was built by himself during 6 years period prior to imprisoning Elizabeth. That's the time he started to rape Elizabeth regularly. He liked it so much and he wanted it to continue for his whole life. Building the dungeon was a way for this heinous crime to be continued. He forced his daughter to help him built the room inside. The cellar had 8 doors, the last two electronically monitored.

For the first 2 days of her captivity Elizabeth was handcuffed to a pole, for the next 9 months, she was kept on a leash, which allowed her only to use the toilet. He raped her about every three days. For the first 9 years Elizabeth and her 3 children were kept in one room, 35m2 (380 square feet), originally designed to be a nuclear shelter. After the 4th child was born, he added 20m2. That suggests that the children were present in the room when he was raping his own daughter year after year. There were also punishment cells in the cellar, with nothing else but bare walls.

He installed a goldfish tank for them to enjoy and he was giving them supplements of vitamin D.

The psychiatric clinic where the family is kept for now.

In the hospital: the family is reuniting daily for meals and play. They are slowly being exposed to the sunlight. Their skin is very pale. Both boys, who spend all their life in the dungeon learned everything they know from their mother or from the TV. They use a mixture of words and communicate with noises that are a mixture of growling and cooing. 5 year old Felix prefers to crawl, although can walk upright. Elisabeth thought them to read and write, but lost a lot of her knowledge. Elisabeth looks as old as her mother.

Josef. He is in prison. He is obsessed with following all the news regarding his case. His lawyer will present the case of mental illness and/or insanity. His fellow prisoners are threatening to kill him. He is in a single cell, with a window, and, his lawyer says: "He is a broken man".

19 year old Kirsten is still in coma. She has never been seen by the doctor or a dentist before. She has lost almost all her teeth.

From the news coverage on May 7th we hear Josef denying him being a monster, being cooperative with the prosecutors and saying, that "if not for him, they all would die".

How long will it take for these victims to even emerge as dignified human beings? Will they be able to forgive? Will they be able to enter into "normal" society and every day life? How strong is Elizabeth that she can even enjoy life as it is now? What will Josef's wife do? How are the children going to relate to each other in the future? I have many questions...

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horror in Austria

Think of it what you want. It's a true story. Kerstin, 19 year old girl, was brought to the hospital with shortness of breath and cramps. In her purse the medical personnel finds a note from her mother, Elisabeth, who disappeared 24 years earlier (She was believed of joining a religious sect, leaving the message: "Don't look for me", and leaving her 3 kids behind).

Unexpectedly Elisabeth comes to see her daughter, accompanied by Elisabeth's father, Josef Fritzl. Police shows up, questions Elisabeth and finds shocking facts.

Josef Fritzl (73 years old) was imprisoning his own daughter, Elisabeth (42 years old) for the last 24 years, abused her sexually since she was 11, had 7 children with her. One child, a twin, died few days after was born, and the infant's body was burned by Fritzl in the oven.

Fritzl's house

Fritzl's wife, Rosemarie, did not know nothing about this horror, although it was happening in the 60 m2 (645 square feet) cellar located by their house. 3 of the kids lived with Elisabeth, 3 of the kids lived with Josef, their father-grandfather.

Elisabeth and her 3 children, ages: 19, 18 and 5 have not seen light or fresh air for 24 years. They lived in a small bedroom and a bathroom cellar, with a cooking area and TV as the only contact with the outside world.

Elisabeth and her children were taken to a psychiatric clinic. She agreed to reveal the whole story after being assured that she will never see her father again. Kerstin is in a induced coma, in a critical condition, on a respirator.

Josef Fritzl faces 15 to 20 years in prison.

Lydia Gouardo, 45, a survivor in a similar story (was raped and kept by her guardian for 28 years in France and has 6 children) wants to become Elisabeth's friend.

Natascha Kampusch of Vienna, who was held captive by her kidnapper for more than eight years, since she was 10 years old, said she has donated $38,800 to Elisabeth and her children

Read more in Guardian.UK or on CNN.

Can you belive it ?!?!

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