A Shanxi province woman imprisoned in a hole in the ground for six years by her husband was rescued on May 24. Wang Xiaocui (王晓翠), age 39, was known to have a history of mental disease. She was first married in her early twenties, but problems with her marriage caused her eventual return to her parents’ home. She was remarried later, and was living in Shaanxi province before being sold off (拐卖）to her latest husband, Guo Runxiao (郭润小) in Shanxi province. The hole measures 1.5 meters deep, 2.3 meters long, and 1 meter wide. Guo, who was arrested, said that because of his wife’s (sometimes) violent episodes, he decided to lock in her the hole. Wang also happened to be pregnant at the time, but remained in the whole throughout the pregnancy and delivery of the child, a daughter. When Wang was rescued several days ago, mother and daughter “met” for the first time since the birth of the child. Wang is now receiving treatment in a local hospital, and authorities in Shaanxi are looking for those suspected of selling Wang.
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