Indonesian shaman allegedly kept woman captive in cave for 15 years

An 83-year-old shaman known as Jago from a village in Central Sulawesi Indonesia is facing charges under sex abuse

The woman's family reported her missing in 2003 after she visited the shaman for treatment of an illness.

At night, the shaman would allegedly take her back to his hut where he would sexually assault her.

The police questioned both the sister and her husband, and they continue to be under investigation. A neighbor heard H's sister and her husband having an argument, during which H's sister threatened to report the kidnapping.

The woman, identified as "HS" and the cave in which she was kept.

However on Sunday, acting on a tip-off, police launched an operation in a village in Galumpang, located in central Sulawesi, where they found the woman, now 28, in a small space behind boulders in the cave.

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An 83-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped a woman and kept her captive in a cave since she was 13, has been arrested on charges of sex abuse and child protection laws, BBC reported.

An 83-year-old shaman is accused of keeping a girl captive for 15 years and using her as a sex slave.

Police rescued the woman, who is now at a safe house, after receiving a tip-off from a family member.

"She was led to believe that Amrin's spirit had entered (the elderly man's) body", Iqbal said at a news conference Tuesday.

'It is obvious that he was satisfying his lust'.

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The woman said that the man had been having sex with her since 2003, but the man has admitted to sexual relations only since 2008.

The suspect faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

The girl had also been married to the son of the shaman, according to Reuters, who was known in the area as a spirit medium and for offering traditional healing remedies.

Magdalena Sitorus, who heads Indonesia's National Commission on Violence Against Women, told the newspaper that her organization has not yet been asked to work on the case.

"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.

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