Police have arrested a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman at the south London residence in relation to the allegations, the BBC said. The alarm was raised by the Freedom Charity in October after a woman phoned it saying she had been held against her will for as long as three decades. A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the home, police said.
“Police were contacted in October by Freedom Charity after they had received a call from a woman stating she had been held against her will in a house in London for more than 30 years,” Scotland Yard said in a statement. “Further enquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity the three women, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman were all rescued. All three women, who were highly traumatised, were taken to a place of safety where they remain.”
Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met police’s Human Trafficking Unit added: “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. We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.”
“A television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue.”