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UK: Indian-origin couple held for ‘enslaving’ 28-year-old woman

world Updated: Feb 15, 2016 17:36 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times
Modern Slavery Act 2015

The police arrested a 47-year-old woman on suspicion of slavery, servitude and forced labour offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.(Representative Photo/Thinkstock)

An Indian-origin couple has been charged and remanded to police custody in Britain after a 28-year-old woman was found being held in domestic servitude in the Greater Manchester area.

The police said officers attended an address in Bomford on February 11 and arrested a 47-year-old woman on suspicion of slavery, servitude and forced labour offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Minu Chopra was charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between July 31, 2015 and February 11 this year, intentionally arranging or facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation, and knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude between January 1, 2011 and July 30, 2015.

Chopra appeared at the Manchester Magistrate’s Court on February13 and was remanded into custody. She is due to appear at the Manchester Minshull St Crown Court on March 11.

Sanjeev Chopra, 47, was arrested on February 13 and charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between July 31, 2015 and February 11 this year, intentionally arranging or facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude between January 2011 and July last year.

The victim was removed from the address and is being cared for by partner agencies, Greater Manchester Police said.

Individuals of Indian origin have figured in similar cases in recent years in Britain.

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