Police Say Enslaved Young Women Adjusting To New Way Of Life

Date: 2006-03-15
Source: wsoctv.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two young women who authorities said were enslaved by a woman claiming to be the Messiah and various American Indian chiefs said they're trying to catch up on lost childhoods.

Jasmine and Holly Lloyd are living with a Union County Department of Social Services employee's family while authorities look for Mercedes Farquharson. She's wanted on two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury in connection with incidents involving a 15-year-old girl.

Warrants charge Farquharson with three felony counts of involuntary servitude for allegedly keeping the girl and the Lloyds in a Monroe home for years.

The Lloyds said they were put to work as young as 12 and 7 years old and never went to school again.

The girls say they were allowed to leave the house for an occasional trip to Wal-Mart or the movies, but were shut off from others their age and the outside world.

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