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Sheriff: 5 kept autistic woman outside in crate, planned prostitution

Sheriff: 5 kept autistic woman outside in crate, planned prostitution

Two men and three women are accused of keeping an autistic 22-year-old woman outdoors with a kennel-like crate as her only shelter and planning to use her as a prostitute, a Louisiana sheriff said Thursday.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a statement that investigators searched the house June 30 after receiving a report of a woman in a cage. They found the woman wandering around the back yard, with her only shelter a big kennel-like crate draped with a blue tarp, Edwards' news release said.

Investigators said the woman appeared malnourished, was covered with insect bites, and often was locked into the cage at night to keep her from wandering away, according to...

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