16-year-old who was sexually abused by her traffickers for three months meets mailman who helped her escape
The girl's mother revealed that Crystal had run away from a group home and ended up in the clutches of a pimp
A young 16-year-old girl was reunited with the mailman who helped her escape from a three-month-long sex trafficking ordeal. The girl thanked the man for his help as well as his determination in making sure no harm came to her as she escaped.
The young teenager, identified as Crystal Allen, met with the mailman named Ivan Crisostomo on Thursday in Sacramento, California, where she spoke to the awaiting reporters and gave an account of her horrible ordeal at the hands of her traffickers, according to Daily Mail.
"They made it impossible. They had guard dogs and people that would watch us all the time and not let us leave. I was tied to chairs," Crystal told KCRA. Her mother revealed that Crystal had run away from a group home and found herself in the clutches of a pimp through a 'friend' she had left home with.
The teen also spoke about the three months of beatings, drugging and rape she experienced at the hands of her captors. "I just cried all the time and prayed that I'd get to see my mom again," she said.
It was on June 8 when Crystal saw an opportunity to escape from her alleged abductor's car. She took a chance and jumped out of the car, all the while making sure to grab a cellphone with her. "I hear this crying, this desperate crying," the mailman told Fox 40. "I saw her hiding behind this kind of bush, kind of tree."
As soon as he saw Crystal's condition, Crisostomo realized that the girl was trying to save herself from something horrible. "She started to point to her arm, saying, 'They were putting things in me. They were putting things in me. They are coming to get me,'" Crisostomo said.
The kind father-of-four then helped Crystal call her mom, and even let her sit in his mail truck until sheriff's deputies arrived. The police officers said that the area where Crystal was abducted, Oak Park, is quite a notorious and known for its high crime rate.
"What Ivan did was wonderful. He stepped up where a lot of people would've just continued driving down the road, and he made a huge positive impact on this young girl's life," deputy David Cuneo reportedly told KPIX.
However, in all this time, there still has been no word of any suspects or arrests in the case. Crystal's abusers are still at large.