The Police case of United Kingdom (UK) women captives should raise awareness and alert us of worldwide slavery. UK Police reported Saturday that the two suspects in a major criminal case were from India and Tanzania, countries which have been identified as having vast amounts of slavery.
The two suspects, a male and a female, both aged 67, were released on bail Nov. 21. Police arrested the foreign couple for charges of immigration and slavery offenses. They have been bailed until January.
A recent report on worldwide slavery estimated 30 million adults and children have been subjected to this kind of abuse. The report targeted India with an astounding 14 million, while China and Pakistan have ranges between 2 to 3 million.
The report highlighted these ten countries responsible for the majority of people living in slavery:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
Police are going from house to house trying to glean information from neighbors who reside near the place where the women were detained against their will for over 30 years in Lambeth, a neighborhood south of London. Earlier this week police released demographic facts of the three victims – a Malaysian, age 69, an Irish woman, age 57, and a British woman, age 30. Police have said it’s necessary to protect their identities.
Police rescued the three women last month and are now just now beginning to release more details about what police described as crimes of “emotional control” over the victims for decades. They described the situation as “highly complex” and hard to investigate.
As the UK slavery case unravels, police are saying that between Oct. 25 and Nov. 21 none of the three victims were recorded as missing. The two offenders have been identified as Indian and Tanzanian and allegedly came to the UK in the 1960s. Police are investigating the mystery of the shared political philosophy that enticed the victims to go with the male suspect to a home in London. Police believe that this “shared political ideology” is the main reason that victims succumbed to living with suspects at a place that is now being called a “collective.”
Many people are asking how their captivity escaped attention of authorities for so long. Police finally arrested suspects when the Irish woman called a charity last month, and described their dire situation. The charity asked several questions in secret with the women and contacted police. Two of the women fled, and police freed the one left behind.
The three women are now getting proper counseling and therapy to help them recover from the emotional, mental, and physical abuse police believe they endured. Police are working to gain trust from the victims so they can collect valuable evidence, but this process will take time.
The Police case of UK women captives has alerted us, and brings up what can be done about worldwide slavery? Experts have said exposing the problem will help greatly. They have explained that slavery is not just making people work incessantly with overbearing punishment but also includes “forced” marriages, selling of children and adults (trafficking), or profiteering from others by chaining them for debts and abusing them.
The exact definition includes the following:
The possession and control of a person in such a way as to significantly deprive that person of his or her individual liberty, with the intent of exploiting that person through their use, management, profit, transfer or disposal. Usually this exercise will be achieved through means such as violence or threats of violence, deception and/or coercion.
Kevin Bales is an expert on slavery, closely connected with the worldwide slavery report, and he said deriving an exact count of slaves in 162 countries was an enormous undertaking.
Researchers visited households like old-fashioned census recorders, and asked whether people in the house had anything going on like slavery.
Walk Free Foundation’s policy and research manager Gina Dafalia told CNN their intent was to quantify the seriousness of the dilemma in different countries so they can apply anti-slavery initiatives. She explained that the three organizations – Walk Free, along with supporters Humanity United and the Legatum Foundation, raised over $100 million and were continuing their efforts.
Both Dafalia and Bales concurred that slavery around the world has persisted because it has managed to evade the law.
As the world becomes more alert about the police case of the women captives in the UK, it is hopeful that global slavery issues will decrease and eventually die out for the sake of all of us.
By Danelle Cheney