Rescued Malaysian slave in London yet to reveal whether she has any family

Rescued Malaysian slave in London yet to reveal whether she has any family
Metro Police UK Commander Steve Rodhouse (centre) at a press briefing on the London Slavery case. - Picture posted on @MetPoliceUK Twitter account

PETALING JAYA , Malaysia - Although fit and healthy, the Malaysian rescued from domestic slavery in Britain, has yet to reveal whether she has any family members or relatives.

A spokesman for the Freedom Charity, which now cares for the 69-year-old victim, said she had made no request to contact anyone.

"She is still traumatised and has not said anything about her family," the spokesman told The Star.

The charity is giving the victim some time to compose herself after being rescued from her 30-year ordeal.

The Malaysian is the oldest among three domestic slaves who were rescued by police from a house in South London last month.

The other two are a British and an Irish national, who first sought the help of the Freedom Charity after learning about the organisation via television.

"The victims are being well looked after," said the spokesman.

The London Metropolitan police have remained tight-lipped about developments in the case and the victims.

However The Guardian reported that police are probing the possibility of cult activities in the case.

Police are investigating if the captors used brainwashing and physical assaults as methods to keep the women under control.

Sources close to the case reportedly said the power of the captors over the three women was akin to that employed by semi-religious cult leaders.

The Guardian also indicated that investigations would focus on the "complex relationship" between the three women and their captors, and why they did not try to escape for such a long time.

They are also looking at the possibility that the youngest victim is the daughter of the male suspect and the 57-year-old Irish victim.

The 30-year-old British woman is believed to have been living in the house since she was a baby.

It was also reported that she never attended school but could read and write and appeared intelligent.

The suspects, an elderly couple who are both 67-year-olds, were picked up by police in a house in Lambeth district on Thursday.

They were both arrested on suspicion of being involved in forced labour and domestic servitude and have been granted bail until January.

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