A missing 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped, beaten, and gang-raped by two men has been rescued by police after they tracked her using Snapchat.
The teenager, who has not been named, was reportedly lured into a tiny flat in the Cabucelle district of Marseille, France, on Friday evening by a 26-year-old man who had offered to host her after she ran away from home.
But he, along with a 64-year-old man allegedly made her smoke cannabis, beat her, and took turns raping her, The Sun reports.
The police were first alerted to the kidnapping by the girl’s parents early on Friday morning when she sent messages to them via Instagram as her captors slept.
She explained that she had been kidnapped and beaten but was too disorientated to specify where she had been taken.
The girl was soon asked to turn on her location on Snapchat to allow the cops to track her down.
From there, she reportedly kept in touch with officers via messaging apps.
Once police found the apartment building, they began knocking on each of the doors until the teen texted “yes” to confirm they had the correct flat.
As they stormed the flat, cops allegedly discovered one of the suspects trying to delete evidence from his phone.
An assessment found that the victim had been under the influence of drugs as she was hospitalised for emergency treatment.
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After the arrest, a policewoman was praised for her innovative method of tracking down the victim, as she later described the case as “rare” and “unique.”
Department secretary, Rudy Manna, said: “This rescue took place thanks to Snapchat, but above all took place thanks to the excellent idea of the young assistant policewoman from the Information and Command Centre (CIC), without whom nothing would have been possible.
“Snapchat alone would not have allowed the arrest of these individuals.”
The two men have been charged with kidnapping and rape of a minor, but claim the sex was consensual.
Police have confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.