Scotland Yard confirmed two people in their 60s were arrested at their home in south London as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
Two people have been arrested after police discovered three "traumatised" women, believed to have been imprisoned in a London home for more than 30 years.Scotland Yard confirmed two people in their 60s were arrested at their home in south London this morning as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
It followed a call to police last month, from a charity on behalf of one of the alleged captives, who said she had been held against her will for more than 30 years.
Police said the Freedom Charity, which aims to advise and support victims of forced marriages or honour-based violence, got in touch after they received a call following a television documentary on forced marriages.
Scotland Yard said further inquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity, the three women - a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman - were all rescued.
All three, who police described as "highly traumatised", were taken to a place of safety where they remain.
Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met's human trafficking unit, said: "We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years.
"We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.
"A television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue."
Officers said t he two suspects, a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, have been taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody.