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Young Mexican Woman Endures Five Years of Slavery, Chains, and Starvation

Dallas Franklin - CNN
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May 30, 2016

CNN's Rafael Romo speaks with a young woman who survived five years of slavery, torture and hardship. (CNN)

She’s 23 years old, but her petite frame makes her look like a teenager. Her bright eyes and friendly smile can easily hide the horrors she has lived, unimaginable physical and mental abuse that almost took her life.

She calls herself Zunduri, although that’s not her real name. It’s a name she adopted after regaining her freedom, a term that means “beautiful girl” in Japanese.

Zunduri says it all started when she ran away with her boyfriend at age 17. The relationship quickly fizzled and she found herself homeless in Mexico City. Instead of returning home, she found food and shelter with a lady who owned a dry cleaning shop in the Mexican capital’s south side.

It was a family business. The mother owned the cleaners and was helped by the father. Two daughters occasionally helped. There was also a sister of the owner’s with two children.

At the beginning, Zunduri says, the dry cleaner’s owner treated her so nicely she started calling her “mom.”

But little by little, the amount of work she was asked to do increased.... and the heavier workload was followed by beatings.

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