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Lambeth Slaves: Rescued By Journalism An Indian Karate Teacher And Courage

by | 22nd, November 2013


WHEN the story that three women  had been rescued from a south London home, where they’d been held as slaves for at least 30 years, the news media went into overdrive.

Two arrest have been made: a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman. Both have been bailed. They are forbidden from returning to their home.

It turns out they were arrested in the 1970s. But we do not know why.

The rescued women are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman. The youngest woman had been held in captivity at the address for her entire life. T he Evening Standard adds:

 It is believed that the two suspects are Asian and that the 30-year-old victim is the daughter of one of the other victims.

It emerged yesterday that the women, one of whom had been confined in the house her whole life, had endured “horrific conditions” and have been left “extremely traumatised” by their ordeal.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland  states:  “We have seen some cases when people have been held for 10 years, but we have never seen anything of this magnitude before….

“Whilst we do not believe that they have been subjected to sexual abuse, we know that there has been physical abuse, described as beatings however there is nothing to suggest that the suspects were violent towards others outside of the address. The two people we arrested yesterday are on bail, they have also been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and we are working closely with the Home Office Immigration Enforcement. I am not prepared to disclose the nationalities of the two people arrested but they have been in this country for many years, we also do not believe the victims were trafficked into the UK.”

Commander Steve Rodhouse adds: “It is a serious case clearly different, unique and hugely troubling. We have three women who have endured many years of emotional abuse… [It is a] complicated and disturbing picture of emotional control over many years brainwashing would be a simple term for it”.

Is it common to find slaves living in the UK?

The  Global Slavery Index 201 3 says there are 14 million salves in India, which is top of the list. Of 162 countries, the UK is 124th on the list, home to an estimated 4,600 slaved. But it;s based on estimates. By it’s very natures, counting salves is tricky.


How does the Index measure modern slavery?

The amount and type of slavery in the Global Slavery Index is measured using three variables:

A composite estimate of the number of people in modern slavery in each country (this makes up the majority of the prevalence estimate, accounting for 95% of the total)
A measure of the level of human trafficking to and from each country (accounts for 2.5%)
A measure of the level of child and early marriage in each country (accounts for 2.5%)

Is forced marriage a form of slavery ? Surely it is.

This Index estimates that there are 29.8 million people in modern slavery globally.

When considered as a percentage of population, the prevalence of modern slavery is highest in Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, the Gambia and Gabon.

However, when considered in absolute terms, the countries with the highest estimated numbers of enslaved are India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Taken together, these ten countries account for more than 76% of the total estimate of 29.8 million enslaved.

The top 10 countries ranked for their low prevalence are: Ireland, Iceland, UK, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, and Denmark.

That Top 10 turns out to be a Top 9, so the figures should be taken with some degree of salt.

But how were the women the Daily Mirror called ‘SLAVES’ found?


The story began in October 2013, when one of the women called Freedom Charity . The woman had been watching TV. She’s seen a show about Freedom Charity rescuing women forced into marriage.

Sure enough, on October 4, the BBC

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