El Salvador court frees woman on trial after bearing rapist’s baby

Imelda Cortez, 20, faced an attempted murder charge under draconian abortion laws after being raped by her stepfather

A rape victim who was charged with attempted murder in El Salvador after giving birth to her abuser’s baby has been found not guilty and freed from jail.

Imelda Cortez, 20, has been in custody since April 2017 after giving birth in a latrine to a baby girl fathered by her abusive stepfather.

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