There is a horrific story breaking out of the UK regarding three women being held in captivity for three decades. Reports the BBC:
Police said they were not related to each other and the 30-year-old had spent her whole life in captivity. Officers are trying to establish whether she was born in the house.
Three women have been “rescued” from a south London house as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for about 30 years.
Police arrested a 67-year-old man and woman in Lambeth this morning.
Last month officers were contacted by Freedom Charity after it received a call from a woman saying she had been held against her will for decades.
A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the house on 25 October.
The women, who are said to be “highly traumatised”, are now in safe accommodation.
The Guardian has some more background to the events leading up to their rescue:
“Scotland Yard said: “Police were contacted in October by Freedom Charity after they had received a call from a woman stating she had been held against her will in a house in London for more than 30 years.
“Further inquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity the three women, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman, were all rescued.”…
Aneeta Prem, founder of the Freedom Charity, said the three women were in effect kept in “domestic slavery” and felt they were not allowed to leave the house because of their fear of their alleged captors….
Prem said one of the woman called the charity’s helpline, which led to a week of calls before the operation to release them. The contact was in secret because “they felt like they were in massive danger”, Prem said. “With the help of the police we were able to get them out.”
The address where they were found was “just an ordinary house in an ordinary street that wouldn’t raise any concerns with anybody else”, she said, adding that neighbours did not appear to have known anything.
The three presumed victims had access to their own rooms but were “very restricted on everything they could do”, Prem said.
Here is Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland saying he has “never seen anything of this magnitude before”:
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