A woman who admitted to kidnapping two Amish girls with her boyfriend says they were on a ‘shopping trip’ for slaves.
The details of the girls’, aged 7 and 12, abduction was further revealed in a hearing Thursday for Nicole Vaisey in St Lawrence County, NY court.
Vaisey turned herself into police last week after she and boyfriend Stephen Howells Jr kidnapped the two Amish girls from their family farm near Oswegatchie, New York – luring them to a parked car with a puppy.
The 25-year-old’s attorney says she was in a ‘master-slave relationship’ with her boyfriend, and therefore not as culpable for the crime.
The girls were held against their will for 24 hours, but eventually released after the couple became frightened by broadcasts about the massive search.
After coming forward to police, Vaisey detailed her dominant/submissive relationship with Howells and how they went about searching for slaves.
The couple faces charges of kidnapping with intent to sexually abuse or physically hard the girls.
She says the couple had been looking for slaves, and she decided on the two Amish girls after previously buying produce from their farm stand. She described the search as a ‘shopping trip’.
On August 13, Howells dropped off his three children with his ex around 6:30pm and then the couple went to the farm stand, where Vaisey parked their white car out of sight, underneath a tree.
Her boyfriend then got out and greeted the two girls, asking if they wanted to see a puppy he had in the back seat of the car.
The couple tied the golden retriever/Doberman mix to the driver’s side in the back seat, so that the girls would have to lean in, in order to pet.
The girls agreed, but on the way to the car, one of them got scared and started to scream.
That’s when Howells forced the girls into the back of the vehicle and Vaisey sped off back to their home in Hermon.