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UK: police probe claims three women were held as slaves in London for more than 30 years


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UK: police probe claims three women were held as slaves in London for more than 30 years

Three women were held as slaves in London for more than 30 years, police say.

The trio – a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman – have all now been rescued, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Two suspects, a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, have been arrested.

The alarm was raised by Freedom Charity after they received a call from a woman stating she had been held against her will in a house in London for more than 30 years.

Police said all three women, who were highly traumatised, were taken to a place of safety where they remain.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit, said: “We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years. We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.”

“A television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue.”

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