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November 21, 2013

Three Women Liberated From London House After Thirty Years of "Slavery"

There are some facts here which suggest this case will be politically troublesome.

First: These women were liberated October 25th. Why are we only hearing about this now? I suspect socio-political trouble is behind the delay.

Second: Apparently one of the "slaves" called an organization called Freedom Charity to help her after seeing a British program about the group's efforts to save the victims of forced marriage.

Third: This Mirror article is vague and short of specifics about the perpetrators. Almost as if neither the police nor media want to report politically-nettlesome facts about the kidnappers/enslavers.

So my suspicion is that this case might involve Islamists. We all by now know what the media and police are usually concealing when they are cagey about a perpetrator.

I'm having trouble thinking of any other reason that explains why these guys' pictures aren't on the cover of ever British tabloid with the huge "MONSTERS!" headline. I'm having trouble thinking of any other reason the cops didn't perp-walk them for the press.

Three women ‘slaves’ have been rescued after more than 30 years - including one who had NEVER had contact with the outside world.

Officers arrested a man and a woman, both aged 67, this morning after investigations sparked by a call to a charity from one of the women.

All three - described as "highly traumatised" - were taken from a house in Lambeth, south London, to a place of safety several weeks ago.

The three women are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman.


The 30-year-old British woman had allegedly never had contact with the outside world, the Metropolitan Police said.

It is not yet known whether she was born in the house but she is understood to have been in servitude her entire life, they said.

The three victims are not believed to be related to one another.


“We have established that all three women were held in this situation for at least 30 years. They did have some controlled freedom.

“The human trafficking unit of the Metropolitan police deals with many cases of servitude and forced labour.

"We have seen some cases where people have been held for up to 10 years, but we have never seen anything of this magnitude before.”

Obviously the police know the slavers' names. And yet I don't see mention of them.

Although I once admired England, I find it extremely creepy that the State exerts such power to hide basic facts from the public, and that their control over the media is apparently sufficient that the media will observe their demand for a gag order.

Update: The Mirror is updating the story on a blog-type feed as information comes out.

At the 4:00 PM (UK time) update:

A gang who trafficked a vulnerable young woman into the UK from Slovakia where she was treated as a "modern-day slave", beaten and repeatedly raped were jailed for a total of more than 30 years last month.

The "unsophisticated" 20-year-old was kidnapped from her rural home and put on a coach where she believed she was heading for the Czech Republic to find work, a court heard.

Instead, she was taken to London and then on to Bradford, West Yorkshire, where she was kept prisoner for weeks by fellow Slovakian Imrich Bodor, 45, before he passed her on to Pakistani asylum seeker Abdul Sabool Shinwary.

Shinwary, 38, also from Bradford, was a known fixer of sham marriages between Asians and Eastern Europeans, Preston Crown Court was told.

He sold her "like cattle" as a prospective bride to Azam Khan, 34, who took her to live above his uncle and aunt's shop in Burnley, Lancashire.

Well, that's horrible. It seems to confirm my suspicions. The gang abducting these women seem to have been Slovakian. (Which doesn't exclude the possibility they are Muslim Slovakian.)

Either way, it does appear that they were then sold to Islamic men.

Thanks to weft-cut loop.

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