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Three ‘Traumatized’ Women Held As Slaves For 30 Years Rescued

Thu, November 21, 2013 2:25pm EDT by Add first Comment
Three Women Held As Slaves
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So terrifying! Three ‘deeply traumatized’ women that were held as slaves in a London home for at least 30 years have thankfully been rescued from horrible conditions by police. Read on for more details on their condition!

A documentary on forced marriages connected to to an anti-violence organization, Freedom Charity, inspired one of the women in servitude to call the charity for help. The call lead to the women’s captors’ arrests on Nov. 21 in Lambeth, a district within London, after the women were rescued weeks before.

Three Women Held As Slaves For 30 Years

Aneeta Prem, founder of the Freedom Charity, said the three women, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman, and a 30-year-old British woman, wanted to contact the charity after they saw her on the emotional TV program.

“It was very difficult for them, but they managed to get to a phone,” Aneeta told Sky News. “We talked to them when we could. It had to be a secret because they felt they were in massive danger and with the help of the [Scotland Yard] we were able to get them out.” She described their situation as “barbaric” and noted that they were “terrified” of their captors, who lived in an “ordinary house in an ordinary street.” They also had rooms to use within the house, but were “very restricted.”

The charity called the police in October after receiving the call from the 30-year-old, and a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested at their home in London “as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude,” Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, said during a press conference. “We have never seen anything of this magnitude before.”

Three Women Not Believed To Be Related To Each Other

The 30-year-old British woman reportedly never had contact with the outside world, the Metropolitan Police said. They aren’t sure if she was born in the house, but may have been a slave her whole life.

The three victims are not believed to be related to one another, and there isn’t evidence of sexual abuse. They have all been taken to a place of safety.

“Their lives were greatly controlled. For much of it, they would have been kept on the premises. The women were recovered some weeks ago but the arrests were made this morning. All three women were deeply effected and traumatised,” Kevin said.

The women were doing “remarkably well” under the circumstances. “This will be a very long haul for them to try to return to a normal life,” Aneeta said.

We’re so glad the women were rescued, and pray for their safe and healthy recovery.

— Ivy Jacobson

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