London • Three women who were freed from a London home were victims of "slavery in simple terms," and were not trafficked or physically constrained, a senior police officer said Friday.
Police now are trying to figure out "what were the invisible handcuffs that were used" to exert such control, said Commander Steve Rodhouse.
"It is not as brutally obvious as women being physically restrained inside an address and not being allowed to leave," Rodhouse said.
"This may have appeared to be a normal family," he said.
On Thursday, police disclosed that they had released a 69-year-old Malaysian, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old Briton from a home in south London on Oct. 25. Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland of the Metropolitan Police human trafficking unit said the women were "highly traumatized" and had "no real exposure to the outside world" for the past 30 years.