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5 relatives keep autistic woman locked up in outdoor cage to sell her to men for sex

By Mason White 5:48 PM July 10, 2016
5 relatives kept autistic woman in cage for prostitution 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Five family members were arrested on a charge of human trafficking after allegedly keeping an autistic woman locked up in an outdoor cage and planned to use her as a prostitute, police in Louisiana said.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested Raylaine Knope, 40, Bridget Lambert, 19, Taylor Knope, 18, Jody Lambert, 21, and Terry Knope, 43, after being accused of keeping the 22-year-old woman in the backyard of their home.

They were all charged with human trafficking and cruelty to the infirm.

According to the police, officers received a call from a concerned citizen, reporting that people in a house on Rushing Lane,were holding a 22-year-old woman locked in a cage on the property.

Police officers who arrived at the scene, found the woman, who suffers from autism, living in a makeshift shelter, which consisted of a blue tarp over a cage similar to a dog kennel.

The woman was locked in the cage at night, in order to prevent her from leaving the property. She appeared to be malnourished, and suffered from numerous insect bites.

Inside the cage was a 5-gallon bucket in which she was forced to defecate in.

The family members conspired to transport the woman to a specific place with the intention of prostituting her to multiple men for money.

The 22-year-old woman was taken to a hospital, where she was assessed. The woman was placed in the care and custody of the Department of Adult Protective Services.