Incest Father Fritzl May Face Slavery Charges

Trial for Austrian who locked up daughter planned for December
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2008 8:49 AM CDT
A man looks at a poster painted by victims of the Fritzl incest crime at the main square in Amstetten, Austria, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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(Newser) – Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who imprisoned daughter Elisabeth in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her, may be charged with slavery, among other crimes, the Guardian reports. Officials plan to ready the case against him by September for a December trial, said a prosecutor. Fritzl has admitted to locking up his daughter and raping her, detectives say.

DNA tests show Fritzl is the father of Elisabeth's six surviving children; he has also confessed to tossing the body of a baby that died at birth into a furnace. The children and their mother are now in a psychiatric hospital.