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Five arrested in Amite after autistic woman found living in cage in backyard

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Police in Louisiana have arrested five people after an autistic woman was found living in a cage outside their home.

Officials say the 22-year-old woman was living in squalor condition in the backyard of a home in Amite. The makeshift shelter consisted of a blue tarp draped over a cage that resembled a dog kennel. A five gallon bucket was provided as a bathroom.

When authorities found the woman she was malnourished and covered in insect bites. Investigators said the suspects were planning to take the woman to a specific location to prostitute her to multiple men for money.

It is not clear how long the woman was being caged on the property, but one neighbor said it could have been up to a year.

Those arrested are charged with Human Trafficking and Cruelty to the Infirm, but could face more charges.

The woman was placed in the care and custody of the Louisiana Department of Health, Adult/Elderly Protective Services.

Four juveniles were removed from the home

A neighbor says he has lived in the area all his life and never saw the woman.

"If I'd known something, yes I would have stepped in myself," neighbor Rocky Stewart said. "And talked to them to find out what was going on. But I had no idea and they never struck me as that type of people."
 

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