"Slaves" freed in London

A 69 year-old Malaysian woman, an Irishwoman, 57, and a Briton, 30, were all rescued from a house in south London this week, reports the BBC. A couple, both 67, are under arrest—and accused of holding the women as slaves for 30 years.

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  1. seyo says:

    Why the quotation marks? Were they not really slaves in your estimation?

  2. There are some serious details missing here. Apparently they were not sexually abused, so I guess they were being kept as housekeepers? They were able to just walk out of the house but they thought they were in great danger. There is a lot of information missing from this article.

  3. You're saying their treatment doesn't fit the criteria of "slavery" because slavery is illegal in the UK? That makes no sense. It's like saying someone wasn't really a "captive" if they were illegally held in captivity.

  4. seyo says:

    lol that makes no fucking sense at all.

  5. That's a very narrow definition of "slavery" that most human rights groups would take issue with. For example, Wikipedia's entry on slavery states:

    Historically, slavery was institutionally recognized by many societies; in more recent times, slavery has been outlawed in most societies but continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage. Slavery is illegal in every country in the world, but there are still an estimated 29.8 million slaves worldwide.

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