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Man And Woman Charged With Slavery Offences After Woman Removed From House In Rochdale

The victim is being cared for by police partner agencies.

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Two people have been charged with slavery offences after a woman was found allegedly held in what police described as "domestic servitude".

Greater Manchester police said the 28-year-old woman was found at an address in Bamford, Rochdale, on Thursday 11 February.

Sanjeev and Minu Chopra, both 47, of Cranbourne Road, Rochdale, have been charged with three offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Minu Chopra appeared at Manchester magistrates' court on Saturday, where she was remanded into custody after being charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude between 31 July 2015 and 11 February 2016, intentionally arranging/facilitating entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation and knowingly holding another person in slavery/servitude between 1 January 2011 and 30 July 2015.

Sanjeev Chopra has been charged with the same offences and has been remanded into custody to appear before Bury and Rochdale magistrates' court tomorrow. Minu Chopra's next court appearance is at Manchester Minshull Street crown court on 11 March.

The alleged victim is being cared for by police partner agencies, Greater Manchester police said.

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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