June 11, 2010

Jose Pereira - Accused Of Raping Daughter For 12 Years, Fathering Seven Children With Her

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (The Weekly Vice) - Jose Agostinho Pereira, a 54-year-old Brazilian man, was jailed Tuesday after he allegedly forced his daughter to become his sex slave, fathering seven children with her.

According to Brazilian police, Pereira began sexually abusing his daughter shortly after his wife left him in 1998. She reportedly had her first child with Pereira at the age of 16.

The abuse continued for years, producing seven children ranging in age from 2-months-old to 12-years-old when authorities found them.

Pereira had forced his daughter and the children to live in a two-room thatched-roof hut in an area of the jungle so isolated, it can only be reached by canoe.

Investigators say an anonymous call led police to Pereira where he admitted to the crimes and stated that his daughter, now 28, had consented to the "loving relationship."

"None of them were allowed to leave the house. None can read. They can barely communicate with other people," said police inspector Jair Lima de Paiva. "They were all threatened with their lives if they tried to escape or tell anyone about the situation."

Pereira's 31-year-old daughter has also come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. She stated that her father raped her when she was 14, which produced a son. She escaped from Pereira shortly after she gave birth, leaving her son behind with his (and her) father.

It's yet unclear what became of the additional child.

The children appeared to suffer from malnutrition, mostly unclothed, and could barely communicate with others. They are now under the state's protective care services.

Pereira was booked into jail in the city of Pinheiro and is awaiting charges. Police are also investigating allegations that he may have sexually abused at least one of his grandchildren as well.

It's a case disturbingly similar to the case of Josef Fritzl, who was found guilty last year of locking his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years while fathering seven children with her. She is now building a new life with the six children who survived the abuse.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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