For more than a decade, a Mexican man locked his girlfriend’s pants shut every morning for fear that she would be unfaithful to him, CNN en Español reports. The 25-year-old woman finally alerted police late last month when she desperately needed to use the bathroom but was too afraid to cut her pants open.
The woman had been living with her 40-year-old boyfriend José Antonio “N” since the age of 13 in a rural area within the state of Veracruz, according to the Mexican daily El Universal. Local authorities say the abuse had been going on during those 12 years, that is, until the woman finally called the police for help on Sept. 28.
Officers found the victim alone at home but quickly tracked down José Antonio and brought him into custody. CNN reports the man not only had the key with him butconfessed to having shut his girlfriend’s pants with the metal lock.
Once the girlfriend refused to press charges, however, the police were forced to let the man go after he paid a fine for a separate and minor infraction. The following day, authorities forced the man to sign a document stating he would not use the lock on the victim again.