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Two charged with slavery offences after woman placed in care of agencies


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A man and a woman have been charged with slavery offences after a 28-year-old woman was found being held in domestic servitude, police said.

Greater Manchester Police said officers attended an address in Bamford, Rochdale, on Thursday and arrested a 47-year-old woman on suspicion of slavery, servitude and forced labour offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Minu Chopra and Sanjeev Chopra, both 47, and of Cranbourne Road, Rochdale, have been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between July 31 2015 and February 11 2016, 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 31 2015.

The alleged victim was removed from the address and is being cared for by partner agencies, police added.

Minu Chopra appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody. Her next appearance will be at Manchester Minshull St Crown Court on March 11.

Sanjeev Chopra was arrested on Saturday and has been remanded into custody to appear before Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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