A couple living in London are in custody after British police rescued three women who claim to have been held captive in their home for three decades. The man and women in custody are both 67, and are being held "as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude," according to a statement from Metropolitan Police. Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland of the Met's Human Trafficking Unit told NBC that police have "launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations," which bears an eerie resemblance to the case of three Cleveland women who rescued after 10 years of captivity earlier this year.
The three women — 69-year-old Malaysian woman , a 57-year-old Irish woman and 30-year-old Briton — were found after a tip from domestic abuse charity Freedom Charity in October. The organization received a call, apparently from one of the women in the home, who said that she had been held captive for over 30 years. The woman was apparently prompted to get in touch with the charity after seeing a television documentary on forced marriages that focused on the group's work. All three were rescued a few weeks ago, and are now in a safe location, according to Met police. The arrests happened today.