On August 10, 1984 Colleen Stan came home from seven years of captivity as a sex slave. The nightmare of being chained, blindfolded and kept in a box, when not being raped and tortured, ended as abruptly as it had begun.
Snatched on June 5, 2002, at age 15, by a man who said God told him to make her his second wife, Smart was threatened, bound and raped daily for the nine months that she was missing. Her story is remarkable not only because she was found alive after so long, but because she ultimately would testifiy against her captors.
In Vermont, two volunteer firefighters are accused of forcing a boy into sex slavery starting when he was 12 years old and continuing until he was over 16. It’s an awful situation that rocked the usually peaceful state, but sex slavery, in the U.S. and abroad, is shockingly common.
Ronald Van Der Plaat, 78, a Dutch-born man convicted in New Zealand for the 23-year incarceration, rape, bondage and torture of his daughter, 9, has been found in violation of the terms of his parole.
On December 4, 1972, Steven Stayner, 7, was abducted into sexual slavery by serial pedophile Kenneth Parnell, an ordeal Stayner, the brother of serial killer Cary Stayner, would endure for more than seven years. By tragic coincidence, Steven’s step-grandfather had a cabin a few hundred feet from Parnell’s, but never realized that Steven was easily within shouting distance.
On August 28, 1984, the day that 18-year old Elisabeth Fritzl’s father demanded that she help him carry a new door down to the basement, she could little have imagined the years of terror that would ensue from that simple chore.
Steven Elliot Johnson was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse after a teenager went to police claiming that she had been held captive as a sex slaves in Johnson’s house for three years, and had given birth to her rapist’s child.
After getting into a car while hitchhiking, Colleen Stan became a sex slave for seven years in the household of a married man, who kept her locked in a box for much of that time.