Relief payments sought for kidnapped Ohio women to cover education costs

Tuesday 04 June 2013 22.31
The three women were held at this house for nearly a decade
The three women were held at this house for nearly a decade

A politician in Ohio is seeking that the state provide years of relief payments and free access to college for three Cleveland women abducted and held in captivity for about a decade.

Ohio State Representative John Barnes Jr is introducing his Survivors of Abduction Act on today.

The act would provide Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight at least $25,000 a year in reparations for the years they were restrained.

It would cover tuition, fees and living expenses at a public college.

The Cleveland Democrat says legislators of both parties have expressed support for the bill.

The act would bear the women's names and be covered by taxpayers.

Ariel Castro was charged with rape and kidnapping last month after the women dramatically escaped from his Cleveland home.

His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty.