Shaman accused of keeping girl as slave

The man identified as JG

The woman's sister allegedly knew about her situation but remained silent because she was married to the shaman's son.

Police say that the girl first visited the locally-popular shaman, known as Jago, fifteen years ago with her family, and she caught his attention, before he made a decision to kidnap her months later.

Tolitoli police rescued the woman, who was only identified as HS, and who was trapped in a crevice between large rocks near Galumpang village, the Jakarta Post reported.

An Indonesian woman was held captive in a cave for 15 years by a local shaman, according to CNN.

The woman's family reported her missing in 2003 after she visited the shaman for treatment of an illness. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Iqbal said the woman revealed she had been having intercourse with "Jin Amrin" since 2003 "but she was really having sex with Jago".

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He would show her a photo of a man named Amrin, who he claimed was a jin, or genie.

"Since the perpetrator was well-respected in the village, there is a possibility that there are other victims that have not yet come forward because they are afraid", she said. "She is very disoriented; she's scared of people and keeps wanting to go back to the cave", Mr Iqbal said, adding she would undergo therapy. His family members are also being investigated for failing to inform the police.

In a police video obtained by AFP, the shaman admitted he forced the victim to have an abortion when he found out she was pregnant. He then sexually abused her for more than a decade. To support this account, he is said to have presented her parents with food parcels purportedly sent by their daughter out of her wages.

Indonesia is a mainly Muslim country but superstitious practices are still widespread.

A shaman is a "witch doctor" regarded as someone having influence over the world of good and evil spirits.

Authorities have introduced a law to ban black magic, with violators facing up to three months in jail or a fine of 450,000 rupiah (US$41).

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