Police outside the block of flats investigated in connection with the alleged slavery case
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'Slavery case' woman has 'friends who need her', says sister

Kamar Mahtum, the sister of a woman who belonged to the Marxist commune under investigation after claims of slavery, has spoken to the Today programme's Zubeida Malik about seeing her sister for the first time.

Ms Mahtum flew to the UK from Malaysia, to reunite with a woman the BBC understands to be Siti Aishah Abdul Wahab, one of the three women who were allegedly held in modern day slavery, for the past 30 years at a house in Brixton.

Ms Mahtum said: "I know she is my sister, she looks like my sister, she talks like my sister," but also spoke of her surprise at her sibling's physical ability.

"She ran to me and she was very agile," she explained, as well as being "composed" in her emotions.

However, she also reflected on how her sister withheld certain pieces of information from her.

"She never told me where she lived, or how she survived.

"She says she has got friends [in the commune]; friends who need her, who help her and who care for her," she continued.

"I don't know who they are and I don't know how to ask. She won't say another word about them."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 5 December 2013.

  • 05 Dec 2013
  • From the section UK