PNG kidnap victim sent to orphanage

7:29 pm on 7 August 2020

A 12-year-old girl, rescued from alleged kidnappers in Papua New Guinea by other children, is being put up for adoption.

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Tanya George is thought to have been held captive for three years in Chimbu province, where she was beaten and forced to labour in a garden.

She was rescued by two children in December and placed in the care of Kundiawa social worker Jean Kupo.

Kupo was unable to locate any genuine members of the girl's family and said she could no longer afford to look after her.

Tanya was sent to an orphanage on Thursday.

Her alleged captors, Soti and John Nari, are in custody awaiting their court appearance.

The Post Courier newspaper reported the girl was taken from Ramu in Madang province in 2016.

There she was living with relatives after her mother passed away and her father went to work in Lae.

She told police her father came from Obura Wonenara in Eastern Highlands.