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How does modern slavery happen in London?

November 22nd, 2013
01:49 PM ET

A couple alleged to have held three women captive as slaves in London for more than 30 years has been released on bail, Scotland Yard says.

Police arrested the man and woman, both aged 67, at their home in Lambeth, south London, Thursday. Their names were not released, and police said only that they are not British nationals and had been bailed until January.

One of the women - a 30-year-old Briton - "appears to have been in servitude for her entire life," police said. She and the other two women, a 57-year-old from Ireland and a 69-year-old from Malaysia, were "highly traumatized" and being cared for in a place of safety, they said.

Police said Freedom Charity alerted them to the suspects in October after receiving a phone call from one of the victims.

Max Foster speaks with author Andrew Boff about how modern day slavery happens underneath our noses.

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