19-year-old German woman enslaved for years in Bosnia

Teenager was starved and beaten for years; she was also harnessed to a horse cart and made to pull it.

Written by Reuters | Published:May 28, 2012 1:45 am

A teenage German woman has been rescued from a Bosnian couple who are accused of starving and beating her for years and of harnessing her to a horse cart and making her pull it.

The 19-year-old,kept in a hamlet near northeastern town of Kalesija since 2004,had been taken to safety and the couple had been detained Sunday. Damir Arnautovic,a spokesman for the prosecution in Tuzla,said the woman had been in a bad physical and psychological state and had no papers. She was not named.

He said Milenko Marinkovic,52,and his wife Slavojka,45,had been detained on suspicion of treating the woman in an inhuman way,forbidding her any contacts with people,forbidding her to attend school.

The woman’s German mother had once been married to Marinkovic,although the woman had a different father. Her mother still lives in the hamlet. Arnautovic said the mother’s role was being investigated.

Neighbour Cazim Makalic who tipped off police said the woman was covered in bruises. He once witnessed Marinkovic harness the girl to a horse cart and force her to pull it with him and his friend sitting in it while he whipped her.

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