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The Rescue in Cleveland
Three young women who had gone missing between 2002 and 2004 were found Monday, May 6th inside a home where the shades were said to be always drawn. No one who lives nearby seems to have suspected that there might be kidnapping victims inside, forcibly being held and psychologically coerced for over ten years. From reports coming in it seems that police were called several times over the years, but there was no response when they knocked, so they left, doing nothing else.
Witnesses and neighbors reported what they saw and what they suspected, but somewhere there was a disconnect.
Dottie Laster will appear to discuss the cases of the three women held against their will and most likely forced to do unspeakable things. Laster’s experience in the rescue and service of over 200 human trafficking victims qualifies her responses that there needs to be more done on all fronts to combat this ever increasing crime.
Attorney Michelle Cruz will weigh in on some mistakes she feels were made in these cases from a victims’ rights standpoint, and explain to listeners what rights they are entitled to, hopefully beyond the standard. Attorney Michelle Cruz is the former outspoken State Victims’ Advocate for Connecticut. She is now in private practice and continues to speak up about injustices and victims’ rights issues.
The women are Amanda Berry (27), Gina DeJesus (23) and Michelle Knight (32), whose disappearances generated much attention in local media over the past decade. Three brothers in their 50s have been arrested.
According to The Associated Press: “Berry disappeared at age 16 on April 21, 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from her job at a Burger King. About a year later, DeJesus vanished at age 14 on her way home from school. Police said Knight disappeared in 2002 and is 32 now.”
The three suspects — 52-year-old Ariel Castro, 54-year-old Pedro Castro and 50-year-old Onil Castro — are in custody and expected to be charged