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Woman held as sex slave, 3 arrested in Northern California, officials say
Woman held as sex slave, 3 arrested in Northern California, officials say

Three men in Sonoma County have been arrested for kidnapping and holding a woman in captivity, raping and beating her for weeks before she managed to escape, authorities said. Details of the woman’s abduction weren’t immediately clear, but the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said she was kidnapped “sometime during the holidays” and kept at a home in Santa Rosa. Until her escape last week, the 22-year-old victim had been “brutally sexually and physically” assaulted by three men now in custody, identified as Jose Angel Barajas-Mireles, 34, and Guillermo Crestino Avina, 34, both of Santa Rosa; and Jaime Gomez Cisneros, 52, of Watsonville. ...

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