A California teen who claims she was caught in a world of sex trafficking, credits a South Sacramento postal worker with rescuing her.

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In June, Ivan Crisostomo, a postal worker, heard “desperate crying” coming from behind a tree. When he glanced around, he saw 16-year-old Crystal Allen.

“She started to point to her arm, saying: ‘They were putting things in me. They were putting things in me. They are coming to get me,'” Crisostomo recalled Allen telling him, according to FOX 40.


She at that point disclosed to Crisostomo that she could get away from her captors by hopping out of the car as they were driving and snatching a cell phone on the way out.

Crisostomo and Allen used the same phone to call the teenager’s mom, Stacy Ohman. Authorities with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department were likewise called.

The postal laborer kept the girl company until specialists arrived to take her to the hospital. She is currently home with her family, CBS13 revealed.

Allen was reportedly “drugged, tortured and abused” for three months before escaping. “I just cried all the time and prayed that I’d get to see my mom again,” Allen said. It’s unclear who the sex traffickers are and how the teen ended up with them.

The youngster and Crisostomo reunited on Thursday, where she expressed gratitude toward him for helping her. “Ivan himself is a hero for saving me,” Allen told FOX 40.  “Even though he doesn’t think it.”