Girl, 16, reunites with her hero after risky escape from drug-crazed sex gang who kept her hostage
It was a joyful occasion for all when a teenage girl officially got to thank her hero for saving her from a ruthless gang of sex traffickers after she managed to escape them in Sacramento.
Crystal Allen, 16, from Placerville, California, survived a terrifying experience after someone who pretended to be her friend lured her to Sacramento and turned her over to a pimp.
Crystal was held hostage with no hope of getting out.
“They made it impossible,” Crystal told KCRA. “They had guard dogs and people that would watch us all the time and not let us leave. I was tied to chairs.”
Crystal was subjected to physical and sexual abuse for three months. She said, “I just cried all the time and prayed that I’d get to see my mom again.”
Crystal saw her chance on June 8 and succeeded in jumping out of her captor’s car. She managed to take a cell phone before fleeing into the streets of the dangerous neighborhood.
Ivan Crisostomo, a postal worker, was making his rounds when he noticed a scared girl hiding behind a bush. She looked at him, saying: “They were putting things in me. They were putting things in me. They are coming to get me.”
Crisostomo, a family man, immediately offered the young girl his help. Crystal made a frantic call to her mom, who told her daughter to reach out to someone for safety.
Iván Crisóstomo arriesgó su vida al desafiar a una red de trata de personas para proteger a Crystal Allen, una adolescente que escapó de sus secuestradores. https://t.co/1b7KVd3rYO
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The mailman knew what he had to do and reassured the girl’s mom that her daughter would be safe with him.
Crisostomo stayed by Crystal’s side in his van, where they waited until the police arrived.
“I’m super thankful and happy that he did that for me,” Crystal said of her hero. “If you are in that situation, just keep fighting.”
Thank heavens for this father of four, who took on the responsibility of shielding and helping a young girl in her hour of need.
June 8th was a normal day for mailman Ivan Crisostomo, who was on his regular postal route in South Sacramento, until he came across a distressing scene: a sobbing 16-year-old named Crystal Allen, hiding in someone’s front yard.https://t.co/UF11mwA8jN
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Crystal was placed in therapy to help her deal with the terrifying abuse she was subjected to.
Watch the reunion in the video below:
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