London slavery: Victims were beaten and brainwashed, say British police

London slavery: Victims were beaten and brainwashed, say British police
Metro Police UK Commander Steve Rodhouse (centre) at a press briefing on the London Slavery case. - Picture posted on @MetPoliceUK Twitter account

PETALING JAYA - The victims of the Lambeth slavery case involving a 69-year-old Malaysian woman and two others were subjected to beatings, the Metropolitan Police revealed in a press conference Friday.

According to British media reports, the victims were physically abused and emotionally controlled in the "complicated and disturbing" slavery case.

The police were quoted as saying they needed to find out what the "invisible handcuffs" used to manipulate the three victims were.

There was no evidence of sexual abuse, they said, adding that to outsiders, the three victims and two suspects appeared to be a normal family.

The police also said that there was no evidence the victims had been trafficked.

Currently, the two 67-year-old suspects - a man and a woman - have not returned to their house in Lambeth.

They were also charged with immigration-related offences, and were previously arrested in the 1970s for unspecified reasons.

Police spent 12 hours searching the property and removed 55 bags of evidence and 2,500 exhibits.

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