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Police charge man in case of enslaved women

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

LONDON, (AP):British police said they have charged a 74-year-old man who allegedly held three women against their will in a London house for 30 years.

Police said Aravindan Balakrishnan was charged with false imprisonment, rape, indecent assault and cruelty to a person under 16 years old.

Balakrishnan, known as 'Comrade Bala', led an obscure Maoist collective in the late 1970s. He was arrested in November, along with a 67-year-old female suspect, in what police described at the time as the largest modern-day slavery case in Britain. The woman has not been charged.

Police said the suspects shared a political ideology with the three victims, who were held in a London house for decades. Police said the victims were beaten, brainwashed and cut off from the outside world.