A teenager is crediting a postal worker with saving her from the captivity of alleged sex traffickers in California.
According to a Fox News report, 16-year-old Crystal Allen says she was held against her will be alleged sex traffickers who “drugged, tortured and abused” her for three weeks before she made a daring escape from a moving car, somehow managing to steal one of her captor’s cell phones as she jumped out.
Postal carrier Ivan Crisostomo reportedly discovered the girl soon after her car escape in South Sacramento. He told Fox 40 that he heard the sound of “desperate crying” coming from behind a tree, and when he went to investigate, he found Crystal.
“She started to point to her arm, saying: ‘They were putting things in me. They were putting things in me … They are coming to get me,’” Crisostomo said the girl told him.
The alleged captors have not been identified, and it is not yet clear how they Allen came to be held by them.
“I just cried all the time and prayed that I’d get to see my mom again,” Allen told CBS 13.
The news station reports that Allen is now safely home with her family and has received medical treatment.
On Thursday, Allen thanked her rescuer in an emotional reunion.
“Ivan himself is a hero for saving me,” Allen told FOX 40. “Even though he doesn’t think it.”