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Multiple People Rescued From Houston Home After Being Held Captive for Up to a Decade

Men held captive in Houston house
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There’s another crazy story of captivity and this time it’s centered around a house in Houston.

Houston police say they’ve rescued four homeless men who were being held captive in “deplorable conditions” at a local house.

There are varying reports about how many people are involved, with one story claiming four men between the ages of 50 and 80, along with three other women, have been held captive in a Houston home, some for up to 10 years.

Murdock says the men were homeless and may have been held so that a captor could cash checks the men were receiving. At least one of the men is a military veteran. It’s unclear whether the men were targeted for their Social Security payments or some other kind.

Houston Police Department Sergeant JW McCoy said:

One of them seemed to think he was picked up off the street and brought here.  In exchange for beer and cigarettes and a place to stay, he had to turn over his Social Security check.

He says the men were malnourished and “almost invalids.” Three were taken to a hospital for treatment.

One person is in custody. As of right now, no charges have been filed. A neighbor named Monica Brooker told the Houston Chronicle, “a mother, her son, daughter and granddaughter” lived at the home, but that she had also seen elderly men living at the house “for years.”

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