Police Rescue Three Women Held Captive By The British Version of Ariel Castro

Three Women Held Captive

Turns out the U.S and Austria aren’t the only countries where you can hold women captive for decades without detection.

Three women have been freed after being held captive for nearly 30 years in a south London home – including one woman who is thought to have spent her entire life held captive.

The women freed include a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman. The women are said to be “highly traumatized” but are now in a safe location. Investigators say there was no evidence of sexual abuse but the women had controlled lives and spent most of their time indoors.

As for the Ariel Castro-like captor, details are scarce but British police have arrested a man and a woman, both 67. While the women were freed several weeks ago, the two suspects were only arrested on Thursday.

“The women were released as soon as possible,” Det Insp Kevin Hyland, from the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, said.

“There was a delay in the arrest. This was down to the fact that we had to work very carefully with these people who were highly traumatised and it was very difficult to establish the facts.

“The last thing we wanted to do was increase that trauma.”

And how did the police manage to track down and suspects and their prisoners? With the help of television! One of the captive women saw a television documentary on forced marriages and called Freedom Charity, a group that raises awareness about child abuse, forced marriages and honour killings. After telling the organization that she had been held against her will at a London address for more than 30 years, they contacted the police and the rest is history! Moral of the story: TV saves lives.

Via: BBC News

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