UK police: 3 women freed in London after being held captive for at least 30 years

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Associated Press

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — A London couple arrested in connection with a slavery investigation has been released on bail.

London's Metropolitan Police announced Thursday that three women had been freed from the couple's south London home after being held captive there for 30 years.

Police launched the investigation after one of the women contacted a charity last month to say she was being held against her will along with the two others. The head of the Metropolitan Police's human trafficking unit describes the women as a 69-year-old Malaysian, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old Briton. He says they are "highly traumatized" and have had "no real exposure to the outside world" for three decades.

Police initially said they did not believe any of the victims were related, but later appeared to back track, saying the relationship between the three is part of the investigation.

The police also say there is no evidence to suggest anything of a sexual nature, but cautioned that the investigation is still not finished.

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