Confined by their own family


In Austria, where I am located, there have been several cases of girls who have been kept locked up in secret rooms and basements: Natascha Kampusch from Vienna who was abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil when she was 10 years old and kept locked for more than eight years ; Josef Fritzl who kept her daughter Elisabeth Fritzl locked in the basement for 24 years and had 7 children with her; and Gottfried W. who abused and kept his two daughters, Christine and Erika, locked up for 40 years.

Detained girls are not unique to Austria, but also a problem elsewhere in the world. In the books The Girl In The Shadows by Katy Morgan-Davies (b. 1983) and educated by Tara Westover (b. 1986), two daughters with control sick fathers tell the story of their captivity and how they managed to get out of it. One is from the United Kingdom, the other from the United States, and their stories have several similarities.

The cult leader's daughter

Katy Morgan-Davies' father, Aravindan Balakrishnan, came to the UK from Singapore in the 1960s to study at the London School of Economics. He creates the collective Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong. . .



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