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Couple Arrested In London Over Allegations Three Women Kept As Slaves For 30 Years

posted 21 Nov 2013, 10:16 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 10:17 ]

No sign "enslaved" women in London related or sexually abused say police.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 21, 2013) (ITN) -  Police said on Thursday (November 21) three women rescued from a London house after apparently being held as domestic slaves for 30 years were not related to each other and there was no evidence of sexual abuse.

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Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland from the London Metropolitan Police's Human Trafficking Unitsaid the women, aged 69, 57, and 30, had had limited freedom over the years.

But he said the youngest of three appeared to have been in servitude for her entire life.

"The Human Trafficking Unit of the Metropolitan Police deals with many cases of servitude and forced labour. We have seen some cases where people have been held for up to 10 years, but we have never seen anything of this magnitude before," Hyland told reporters on Thursday.