JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Five Missouri men are accused of taking part in the sexual torture of a young woman allegedly forced to work as a stripper.
Prosecutors say one of the men kept the young woman as his sex slave. They describe the woman, now 24, as mentally deficient.
The men range in age from 31 through 62.
Federal prosecutors announced the indictments Thursday. U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips calls the allegations "highly disturbing."
Authorities say the woman was a 16-year-old runaway when one suspect coerced her to move into his home in southern Missouri, where she lived from 2002 until cardiac arrest sent her to a hospital last year.