A 22-year-old woman from Mexico opened up about the two years she spent chained by the neck to a desk, tortured and forced to eat polythene wrapping out of desperation.
The young woman, identified only as Zunduri, began working for a family in Mexico City that owned a dry cleaning business. Although she was at first paid for her work, the family eventually began accusing her of theft. They later held Zunduri against her will and began to torture her on a daily basis, chaining her to a desk for 12 hours a day and forcing her to iron clothes for the business. If she stopped for any reason, a family member would beat her with a wrench or burn her with an iron.
Zunduri revealed that she was allowed only one meal per day, and became so hungry at times that she would have no choice but to eat the polythene packaging that covered items of clothing.
One day, the family failed to properly restrain Zunduri. She managed to escape, flee the building and go straight to the police. The young woman was left with horrific scars, which police say were consistent with her story. Doctors reportedly said the scarring was so severe that her body resembled an elderly person’s.
Authorities arrested five people for holding Zunduri against her will. If convicted, each individual could face up to 40 years in prison.
“I was tortured. There is no part on my body without scars," Zunduri said. “I want them to pay for every tear, every pain, every blow -- for everything I have had to suffer.
"My life plan is to live. I want to be a pastry chef, I want to live, I want to recover all the years I have lost.”
When asked by reporters to identify herself, Zunduri refused and explained the choice behind her pseudonym.
“I don't want the world to know my name,” she said. “Just call me Zunduri; it's Japanese. A friend of mine is named like that. It means beautiful girl.”