In a story almost too horrific to believe, an Austrian man has been accused of holding his two mentally disabled daughters captive and using them as sex slaves for over four entire decades.
The alleged victims, now 53 and 45 years old, were reportedly locked in a small kitchen with only a wooden bench to serve as a bed and were repeatedly beaten and sexually assaulted over the course of 41 years. The two women lived under threat of death until the time of their escape, which occurred after the eldest daughter pushed the 85-year-old man to the ground during his last attempted rape.
While the escape is believed to have transpired weeks ago, the women did not divulge the details or their plight until recently.
The Telegraph reports:
The sisters are both now in care and are said to be "severely psychologically traumatised" by their ordeal.
"Their accusations are believable," police commander Martin Pumberger, investigating the case, told state broadcaster ORF. "They are relieved that they are now able to talk about their decades-long martyrdom," he said.
Neither the father nor his alleged victims have been named by police.
Alois Lissl, a senior state police official, said the man is suspected of assault, torture or neglect of defenceless individuals, threat to life or physical condition, rape and other sex crimes. He denies all charges.
Sadly, authorities did not remand the women's father to custody as he was not perceived as a flight risk. He is now reportedly living in a home for the elderly.