Wasn't that good news coming out of California today? A woman who was kidnapped 18 years ago when she was just 11 years old has been found, alive. I'm so happy for her and her family, even though they will have some very hard times ahead of them.
Back when the girl was kidnapped, her stepfather was a suspect and never cleared. Eventually, her mother and stepfather separated. Unfortunately for this young woman, she was held as a sex slave for her kidnappers, a known sex offender, and his wife and had two children by him, the first when she was just 14 years old. She never went to school or had any medical attention.
She must have been so terribly frightened, taken away from her family. Who knows what lies she may have been told and then she was raped, at least twice and who knows how many more times.
She was kept in a shack in the yard of her kidnapper's home. The police were called to the house a couple of times, but they never found that girl.
I hope this woman and her mother can reunite and have some semblance of family life. I'm sure both will need extensive counseling. And, I hope that her kidnapper and his wife receive a speedy trial and sentence and never see the outside world again.