London slavery: British police investigating possible cult connection

London slavery: British police investigating possible cult connection
Metro Police UK Commander Steve Rodhouse (centre) at a press briefing on the London Slavery case. - Picture posted on @MetPoliceUK Twitter account

PETALING JAYA - British police are investigating the possibility of cult involvement in the case of three women - including a 67-year-old Malaysian - whom were held captive for 30 years in London, The Guardian reported.

Additioanally, it also reported that investigators are trying to determine if another captive, a 30-year-old woman, was the daughter of the male captor and another captive, a 57-year-old Irish national.

The Guardian reported that the police were investigating if the captors, an elderly British couple, used brainwashing and beating, methods often employed by cults, to keep the women bound to them.

Sources close to the case reportedly said that the power the captors held over the three women was akin to that held 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.

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

According to reports, the birth of the 30-year-old was registered with authorities, but it is unclear if there were any visits by health visitors or midwives.

It reported that the woman never attended school but could read and write.

She was described as intelligent by those close to the case.

Both the suspects in the case have been released on bail until January, and investigations into the case are ongoing. Police rescued the three women last month, after the 57-year-old Irish national made a phone call to an organisation named Freedom Charity, after watching them on television.

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