POLICE have rescued three "highly traumatised" women from a house in south London where they were allegedly held as slaves for more than 30 years. One of the women is thought to have been captive all her life.
Scotland Yard said officers arrested two people in their 60s at their home in Lambeth overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
A 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman were all "rescued" by officers, a statement read, after one of them sent a cry for help to a charity.
Police said they were contacted in October by the Freedom charity, which works to protect the human rights of those at risk of modern slavery.
"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," police said.
After further inquiries, officers were able to locate the house and rescued the women "with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity.
"All three women, who were highly traumatised, were taken to a place of safety where they remain."
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.