Cap­tives set free

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Peru­vian army says it has res­cued 39 peo­ple from a farm where the Shin­ing Path rebel group kept them as slaves. Some of the cap­tives said they had been kid­napped some 30 years ago. The de­fence min­istry said 26 of them were chil­dren, some of whom were born in cap­tiv­ity. The vic­tims said they were also forced to work in fields. About 120 Peru­vian sol­diers took part in the op­er­a­tion. The mil­i­tary says sol­diers were led to the farm by a for­mer cap­tive, who lived there for many years and es­caped about a month ago. “We’ve been here, like this, for 30 years,” a res­cued woman told La Repub­lica news­pa­per.

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