Housewife Raised By Monkeys, Sold As Prostitute And Now Raising Two Kids

on October 22, 2012 3:50 PM EDT

Housewife Raised By Monkeys, Sold As Prostitute And Now Raises Two Kids
Marina Chapman was abandoned by kidnappers in the remote jungles of Columbia when she was just a child, and was raised from that point on by monkeys. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Marina Chapman was abandoned by kidnappers in the remote jungles of Columbia when she was just a child, and was raised from that point on by monkeys. If it sounds like something out of a book, you're right - except it's all true.

Marina Chapman, the housewife raised by monkeys, learned to catch birds and rabbits with her bare hands after the was abandoned in the jungle.

?It's asumed that the kidnap went wrong," Vanessa James, one of Chapman's two daughters, told the Telegraph. "All she can remember is being chloroformed with a hand over her mouth. And all she can recall of her life before that is having a black doll as a toddler."

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 She was "rescued" by hunters, but was sold in the sex trade and groomed to become a prostitute. She escaped, and was taken in by a Colombian family to work as a maid. She travelled to England in her mid-twenties where she met her now-husband, John Chapman, whom she married in 1977, settled down with and began raising a family with.

"I got bedtime stories about the jungle, as did my sister. We didn't think it odd - it was just Mum telling her life," James said. "So in a way it was nothing special having a mother like that."

Experts said monkeys have been known to accept humans into their fold, so her story does have credence.

Chapman trained as a cook as she got older, but recently quit to tell her story and highlight human trafficking in South Africa.  Her book is already being sold in seven countries, and is expanding to the United Kingdom and America soon. A documentary is also being filmed about her life.

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