Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart

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.

The case of the seven-year sex slave

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.

NY City: Teen sex slave escapes captors

A 14-year-old Queens girl abducted and held in Jamaica, Queens, for months as a sex slave is finally free. She was able to use an unattended cell phone to surreptitiously call her grandmother and the police on February 3, 2014. Her grandmother reported the unnamed teen missing last September. The girl ran away after complaining [...]

Today in Crime History: Steven Stayner abducted by pedophile Kenneth Parnell

On December 4, 1972, Steven Stayner, 7, was abducted into sexual slavery Kenneth Parnell, an ordeal that would last more than seven years. Steven’s step-grandfather had a cabin in Yosemite a few hundred feet from Parnell’s, but never knew that Steven was within easy shouting distance. Ironically, Steven’s older brother, Cary, would later become the serial killer known as the Yosemite Murderer,

Sexual Slavery in Small Town Vermont: How Common Are Young Sex Slaves in America And Abroad?

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.

Today in Crime History: Josef Fritzl Locks Daughter in Dungeon for 25 Years

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.

The Case of the Seven-Year Sex Slave

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.

Convicted Sex Offender Admits to ‘Intimate’ Child Photography

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.

Illinois Man Accused of Keeping Teen as Sex Slave for Three Years

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.

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