Indonesian woman held captive by shaman in cave for 15 years, police say

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(8/8/18) An Indonesian woman was held captive in a cave for 15 years by a local spiritual healer who regularly raped her, police say.

The 28-year-old woman, identified only as “H”, was found Sunday in a crevice behind large rocks near Bajugan village in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, local police said in a statement Monday.

Officers had received a tip-off that H was being held there by an 83-year-old village shaman named Jago, the Jakarta Post reported. After detaining and interrogating Jago, they found and rescued her.

According to the police, H’s family had brought her to Jago for treatment in 2003, when she was 13 years old. Jago was well-known for offering alternative medicines and “magical” healing methods.

The 28-year-old woman, identified only as "H", was rescued from a crevice behind large rocks.

The 28-year-old woman, identified only as “H”, was rescued from a crevice behind large rocks.

Soon after, Jago told H’s family that she had left to go “far away,” police said. She was reported missing after her family failed to track her down.

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