3 Women Freed After 30 Years' Captivity in London
2 arrested in investigation into 'slavery, domestic servitude'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2013 9:31 AM CST
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(Newser) – Police have rescued three women from a London house where they were allegedly held captive and may have been treated as slaves for 30 years or more, NBC News reports. Authorities were first contacted about the situation last month, by a domestic abuse nonprofit. The women—a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman, and 30-year-old British woman—are "highly traumatized" but are now in "a place of safety," reads a police statement. Two 67-year-olds, a man and a woman, were arrested "as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude," it continues.

"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," says a police spokesman. The Irish woman apparently contacted Freedom Charity after seeing a television documentary on forced marriages related to the nonprofit's mission, the Irish Independent reports.

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Nov 21, 2013 1:03 PM CST
Sorry, but WFT people ??? really???? Reading shit like that makes me long for a little Ragnarök
Nov 21, 2013 11:41 AM CST
I am struck by how the slave mentality still persists. I find it easy to suspect the victims had something to do with their situation. I do hope readers will notice stories like this are starting to come out of the western world, including the US.
Angela Silloway
Nov 21, 2013 11:15 AM CST
One of the ladies is only 30 so she would have had to been a newborn when she was taken, this story is a little fishy