Just when you thought the Fritzl case was a one off, another bloke, this time in Poland has just appeared in court charged with imprisoning his daughter for six years as a sex slave - a chilling echo of the Austrian cellar fiend Josef Fritzl.
The girl, now 21, was tied up, locked in a room without a door handle and repeatedly raped. She gave birth to two of his children.
The 45 year old dad watched over both births in hospital - then forced her to leave the kids, now aged 3 and 20 months, and return to her dungeon, police said in evidence.
The girl escaped the home in the village of Grodzisk, eastern Poland last week, and went to police with her mum - who is being quizzed over how she did not know what was going on. The dad tried to flee to Italy - but was caught at atrain station. He is denying the rape charges, but refuses to talk to police.
A judge has ordered that he be held in prison for three months while detectives investigate the case. A police spokesman said that the picture the girl had painted was horrific.
This case mirrors the plight of Elisabeth Fritzl, aged 42 - who was kept in a specially built underground dungeon for 24 years! in Amstetten, Austria. She gave birth to seven children by her dad, Josef Fritzl, aged 74. Fritzl selected three of the children to live upstairs with him and his wife Rosemarie, 68, while the other three remained incarcerated with their mother in the cellar dungeon until they were released by police in April.
One of the children, a baby boy called Michael, died shortly after birth and Fritzl burned his body in an incinerator.
Fritzl, who is awaiting trial, faces a string of charges including manslaughter, and up to 3,000 counts of rape, abuse and incest.