A woman and her two children who had been detained for 17 years were released

A father with a wife and two children was arrested while the ex-prisoners progressed through malnutrition.

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They lived in horrible conditions for 17 years, without anyone knowing. A Brazilian woman and her two children were freed by police in Rio de Janeiro due to malnutrition, Brazilian police said on Friday (29 July). “Two youths, believed to be the woman and the suspect’s children, were tied up, dirty and malnourished.”Rio’s military police, who arrested the father of the family, explained in a press release.

Authorities were alerted by an anonymous complaint and a police operation took place on Thursday in Guaratiba, a popular district west of the city.

The woman, aged 19 and 22, and her two children were hospitalized shortly after being released, according to local media. “Severe dehydration and malnutrition”Municipal health services said.

A room where a woman and her two children were kept for 17 years in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on July 28, 2022.  (RIO DE JANEIRO MILITARY POLICE / AFP)

(Credit: Rio de Janeiro Military Police / AFP)

According to the G1 news website, the mother of the family told authorities that they sometimes went without food for three days and that they were subjected to constant physical and psychological attacks. “You must stay with me until the end, you will not leave here until you die”According to her, her husband, Luis Antonio Santos Silva, has been married to her for 23 years.

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