The award, from a Common Pleas Court jury, was granted Thursday to Tamara Breeden, 33, who had been held captive for a decade by Linda Ann Weston.
She testified that from fall 2001 to October 2011, she was a captive of Weston, 55; Gregory Thomas Sr., 51; Eddie Wright, 53; and Jean McIntosh, 36.
Breeden was awarded $40 million in compensatory damages. She was also granted $5 million in punitive damages, including $3 million against Weston, and $1 million each from Thomas and Wright.
Breeden and the three others were rescued from the basement boiler room of an apartment house on Longshore Avenue in the city's Tacony section in October 2011.
She testified she was subjected to daily beatings, nearly starved, and did not have access to water, clothing, medicine, or doctors.
"She was terribly abused, she was prostituted, all so she could be controlled and Linda Ann Weston would get her Social Security benefits," said Breeden's lawyer, Steven Wigrizer.
Breeden was receiving the benefits because of her mental disability.