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Three women held captive in London for 30 years, freed

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2013 | 2:51 PM


Three women have been freed after spending 30 years in captivity in a south London home police said today.

One of the women is said to have spent her entire life as a virtual slave.

London's Metropolitan Police announced the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, both 67 — were arrested early today as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.

The investigation was launched after one of the captive women contacted a charity, which then went to the police.

Those freed "some weeks ago" are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman.

Police said they do not believe the victims are related and said there was no evidence of sexual abuse.

While it is unclear if the 30-year-old was born in the south London house, she appears to have been held in domestic servitude for her entire life, the force said.

Kevin Hyland, head of the force's human trafficking unit, said all three were "deeply traumatised" and have been in the care of a charity equipped to deal with severe trauma since they were freed.

The nationalities of those arrested were not immediately disclosed.


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