Three Women Rescued From 'Slavery' After 30 Years In Home - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Three Women Rescued From 'Slavery' After 30 Years In Home

Posted: Updated:

NBCNEWS.COM - Three women were rescued from a south London house where they were believed to have been held captive for more than 30 years in a "barbaric" ordeal, authorities said Thursday. 

A man and a woman, both 67, were arrested "as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude," the city's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Officers rescued a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman, and 30-year-old British woman after receiving a call in October from a domestic abuse non-profit organization called Freedom Charity.

"All three women, who were highly traumatized, were taken to a place of safety where they remain," the statement 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," Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met's Human Trafficking Unit said.

"We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations." Hyland said a documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity had prompted one of the women to call for help, claiming she had been held against her will in the house for 30 years.

The Met statement added: "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 Met Police spokesman told NBC News that no further details were available.

Speaking on Sky News, Aneeta Prem, founder of the Freedom Charity, said the three women agreed to contact the charity after they saw her speaking on television."That gave them the courage to make that phone call," she said.

"It was very difficult for them, but they managed to get to a phone. "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 police we were able to get them out." She described the women's ordeal as "barbaric" and said they were "terrified" of their captors.

"I can't believe human beings can treat each other in that way," she added. Prem said that the house in which they were kept was an "ordinary house in an ordinary street that would not raise concerns." "They did have rooms that they could use but they were very restricted."

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

    No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:40 AM EDT2018-05-26 05:40:25 GMT
    No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in ArizonaNo rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona
    Texas teen calls mom, a 911 dispatcher, to say house ablazeTexas teen calls mom, a 911 dispatcher, to say house ablaze

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Many part of the West are dealing with drought. But nowhere else has more state and federal land been closed to recreation than in Arizona ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. With little snowpack and precipitation, conditions are ripe for massive wildfires.    The partial closures in a handful of Arizona's national forests represent a small percentage of the land overall. But they're putting a damper on camping, hiking, fishing and mountain bi...

    More >>

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Many part of the West are dealing with drought. But nowhere else has more state and federal land been closed to recreation than in Arizona ahead of the Memorial Day holiday. With little snowpack and precipitation, conditions are ripe for massive wildfires.    The partial closures in a handful of Arizona's national forests represent a small percentage of the land overall. But they're putting a damper on camping, hiking, fishing and mountain bi...

    More >>
  • The Latest: South Korea relieved about revived U.S.-N. Korea talks

    The Latest: South Korea relieved about revived U.S.-N. Korea talks

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:44:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local):  9 p.m. South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program. The statement by Seoul's presidential office on Saturday came hours after Trump welcomed North Korea's conciliatory response to his Thursday letter withdrawing from the summit...

    More >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local):  9 p.m. South Korea says it feels relieved about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Kim's nuclear weapons program. The statement by Seoul's presidential office on Saturday came hours after Trump welcomed North Korea's conciliatory response to his Thursday letter withdrawing from the summit...

    More >>
  • The Latest: So far, lava has destroyed 82 Hawaii structures

    The Latest: So far, lava has destroyed 82 Hawaii structures

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:16 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:16:54 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 3 p.m. Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82.    County Managing Director Wil Okabe told The Associated Press Friday that the number includes about 37 homes. He says officials used property records to determine which structures are homes because it can be difficult to tell from aerial surv...

    More >>

    HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 3 p.m. Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82.    County Managing Director Wil Okabe told The Associated Press Friday that the number includes about 37 homes. He says officials used property records to determine which structures are homes because it can be difficult to tell from aerial surv...

    More >>
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Texas grad's touching tweet honoring her late mom goes viral

    Texas grad's touching tweet honoring her late mom goes viral

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-05-26 22:44:24 GMT

    MESQUITE, Texas - A Texas student's tweet about her late mother has gone viral because of its heartwarming message.  Savannah Inthalangsy was a senior as John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas. She says every year she and her mother took pictures together on the first and last day of school.

    More >>

    MESQUITE, Texas - A Texas student's tweet about her late mother has gone viral because of its heartwarming message.  Savannah Inthalangsy was a senior as John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas. She says every year she and her mother took pictures together on the first and last day of school.

    More >>
  • Man refused beer on American Airlines flight starts midair brawl

    Man refused beer on American Airlines flight starts midair brawl

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-05-26 22:18:39 GMT
    Photo: Bill BolducPhoto: Bill Bolduc

    MIAMI - An American Airlines passenger on a flight from Saint Croix to Miami caused a commotion in midair Wednesday when he was refused beer. The whole ordeal was caught on camera by a fellow passenger. The passenger, identified as Jason Felix in court documents, was on American Airlines flight 1293.

    More >>

    MIAMI - An American Airlines passenger on a flight from Saint Croix to Miami caused a commotion in midair Wednesday when he was refused beer. The whole ordeal was caught on camera by a fellow passenger. The passenger, identified as Jason Felix in court documents, was on American Airlines flight 1293.

    More >>
  • Bale's scissor-kick gives Madrid 3rd straight European title

    Bale's scissor-kick gives Madrid 3rd straight European title

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:11 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:11:06 GMT

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Gareth Bale's eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured.    Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game in the 64th minute.

    More >>

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Gareth Bale's eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured.    Making an explosive impact as a second-half substitute, Bale showcased athleticism and technique of the highest quality by sending Madrid in front with only his fourth touch of the game in the 64th minute.

    More >>