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Two of the three women believed to have been held captive in London for more than 30 years met the man suspected of holding them through a "shared political ideology," London's Metropolitan Police revealed on Saturday.
Police announced they had arrested a couple on suspicion of being involved in forced labor and domestic servitude after authorities took a Malaysian woman, 69, Irish woman, 57, and 30-year-old Briton to safety from a property in Lambeth, a borough in south London. They said the man and woman were both 67 and not British nationals.
In a statement Saturday, Cmdr. Steve Rodhouse said the suspects were of Indian and Tanzanian origin and had arrived in Britain in the 1960s.
"We believe that two of the victims met the male suspect in London through a shared political ideology, and that they lived together at an address that you could effectively call a 'collective,'" he said.
Rodhouse also said the collective somehow ended, but the women continued to live with the suspects.
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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.
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