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Southern Oregon Pair Accused Of Torture And Slavery

GRANTS PASS, OR -- A southern Oregon couple faces Kidnapping and Involuntary Servitude charges after police say two victims were rescued from a home in Grants Pass. Detectives began the investigation when a 22-year-old man called 911 Sunday, claiming he and his 19-year-old sister were lured from New York to Oregon by their cousin on promises of a job. 

Over several months, the victims say they were tortured with ice baths, beatings, starvation and other methods. They say they were forced to work online jobs and give all their money to their captors. 

On Monday, Grants Pass police raided the home and arrested 35-year-old Eastwood Mohammed Hamman and 27-year-old Cassie Jo Gudino, with the help of SWAT and the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team. 

Both victims received medical attention and will be reunited with family in New York.


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