A Mexican woman was forced to wear a chastity belt around her pants each morning for 12 years in fear that she would be unfaithful to her boyfriend, a 40-year-old from Veracruz, who she’s been living with since she was 13-years-old.
The 25-year-old finally told police about her plight when she desperately needed to use the toilet but was too afraid to cut her pants open.
The woman, who had been living with her older boyfriend, José Antonio, told police that she was in fear of him.
Police then arrested Antonio and he admitted to putting a padlock on the woman’s pants and gave officers the key to release it.
“To the surprise of the authorities, the woman refused to press charges once the man was detained,” said Araceli Gonzalez, executive director of the Equifonia, a women’s rights group.
“The suspect was still taken into custody on a misdemeanour charge, but released a few hours later,” she said. “The following day, the suspect signed a statement promising never again to use a padlock on his girlfriend or abuse her in any other way.”
State authorities said there wasn’t much they could do because the woman refused to press charges.