Missing Amish Girls Were to Be Made Slaves

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Nicole Vaisey, 25, is shown in this St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office photo released on August 16, 2014. Vaisey and Stephen Howells II, 39, were taken into custody in connection with the kidnapping of two young Amish sisters from their family farm stand near New York's border with Canada, the county district attorney said on Friday. REUTERS/St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR42O9V

According to officials investigating the two Amish girls who went missing, a northern New York couple used a dog to entice the two girls from their family farm stand. Nicole F. Viasey and Stephen M. Howells II allegedly shackled the children and planned to turn them into slaves. While the girls were later found and believed to be unharmed, the county district attorney says the children were sexually abused. Vaisey's lawyer claims the woman isn't as culpable as her boyfriend because she is in a master-slave relationship herself.