Latina mom escapes after being held hostage for 12 years

A 26-year-old woman was recently rescued from a home in the Dominican Republic after being held captive there for over a decade.

Maribel Lopez Liriano was kidnapped by 53-year-old Jose Altagracia Lantigua when she was only 14 years old. According to Spanish-language paper El Caribe, she spent the next 12 years under her captor's abusive hands, giving birth to SEVEN of his children after he repeatedly raped her. It wasn't until recently that she finally got the chance to escape from his torment.

You'll never believe how she managed to save both herself and her kids!


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After years of being trapped in this horrific ordeal, Lopez Liriano says she finally saw an opportunity to escape when Lantigua became distracted while arguing with another person.  "I took advantage and left through the back door with one of my kids and managed to escape this nightmare," she said.

After she managed to get outside, a stranger helped her find a way to communicate with her relatives, who apparently believed her to have died long ago.  Ugh, I can't even begin to imagine half of what this poor family has gone through.

Lantigua has since been arrested. Now, both Liriano and her kids are staying with a brother and reportedly receiving psychological treatment.

I swear, I just don't know what is wrong with the world these days. Women being taken at such a young age and held captive for years on end? It's something that seems inconceivable and yet, it's happening way too often, all over the world. I can't even begin to think how traumatized Liriano must be, having been abused, raped and forced to give birth multiple times under such circumstances.  

After all she's been through, it's amazing that she was brave enough to find a way out for both herself and her kids. Hopefully, now that they've been reunited with their family, they'll receive all the help and support they need to try and move forward with their lives. In the meantime, I hope justice is served to the evil man who kept them in this nightmare for all these years.

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