The met Police have confirmed the arrest of two individuals, a male and female, both 65 at an address in Lambeth, on suspicion of slavery and forced domestic servitude. Their alleged captives – a 30-year-old Briton, a 69-year-old Malaysian and a 57-year-old Irish woman – were released by police and staff from the London-based Freedom Charity several weeks ago.
The case was brought to light when one of the women called the Freedom Charity in a plea for help after watching a programme about forced marriage, calling the free phone number at the end of the programme.
All three women are said to be deeply traumatised and are said to be working with Police to piece together details of their lives at the hands of their captors over three decades. One of the women who is her 30’s is alleged to have been in captivity all her life while another one of the women claimed she was refused medical treatment by the ‘Heads Of The Family’ after she told them she might have suffered a stroke.
The Met Police have said this is the longest case of domestic servitude they’ve witnessed and it is still unclear how the women might have come into captivity in the first instance.