An emaciated British teenager has been rescued after allegedly being kept prisoner in his bedroom for two years.The 19-year-old was found in a house in Spain that had bars on the windows; he weighed just over six stone and was carried out of the house by police in a blanket. Officers said he was suffering from malnutrition and his father has been charged with illegal detention and ill-treatment in the family.
The man, who reportedly has British citizenship, was only freed after he sent an email to police begging them to raid the home in the Rivas Vaciamadrid district of Madrid. According to local reports, it said: “Rescue. Assistance. Help me. I am desperate. My father abuses me. I am held prisoner. Please, do not get in touch with me because he would kill me.”
A police spokesman said: “When officers entered the house, they found the boy with severe physical symptoms and extremely thin. He was disoriented and suffered physical injuries from the beatings he had received from his father.”
Police released images showing the rubbish-strewn house which neighbours said was infested with rats and cockroaches. The teenager was taken to a hospital where he underwent a thorough health examination. He is now living with his mother and sisters.