Couple ‘Who Held Three Women as Slaves for 30 Years’ Were Leaders of Maoist Communist Sect Based in Brixton Bookshop

Martin Robinson, Daily Mail (London), November 25, 2013

The couple accused of keeping three women as slaves for more than 30 years ran a communist sect worshiping Chinese leader Mao Zedong, it was revealed today.

The pair, of Indian and Tanzanian origin, are reportedly Aravindan Balakrishnan, 73, and his wife Chanda, 67, whose far-Left activities allegedly led to them being arrested and jailed in the 1970s.

They were held by police last Thursday after three alleged victims–a 30-year-old Briton called Rosie, a 57-year-old Irishwoman and a 69-year-old Malaysian–accused them of years of ‘physical and mental abuse’ and keeping them in servitude for decades.



It emerged today that the couple had helped organise a Maoist squat in a Brixton bookshop.

It was shut down in 1978 when police raided and arrested 14 people there, including the couple.

It is alleged the suspects, known as Comrade Bala and Comrade Chanda to other members, both later served a prison sentence after a conviction for assaulting a police officer involved in the raid.

Between them they were arrested at least eight times during the 1970s.

Scotland Yard and the secret services are believed to have been aware of the couple’s far-Left views.

Their main recruits were like-minded women, who they urged to do ‘revolutionary work’, and their group held lectures, put on films and printed leaflets encouraging the fall of capitalism in Britain, it is alleged.


Oxford University professor Steve Rayner told the Evening Standard: ‘They were a tiny, very tight-knit group clearly under the spell of their leader “Comrade” Balakrishnan.

‘Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise the legitimacy of the state and maintained a hostile attitude towards the establishment and towards the rest of the far-Left in Britain at that time.

‘Their ideology was profoundly detached from reality. In my article on the organisation I described them as a millenarian sect. Their bookshop in Brixton closed around 1978. I had assumed that they had sunk without trace until this recent news.’

In 1974 Aravindan Balakrishnan was suspended by the Communist Party of England because of his ‘conspiratorial activities’, after he tried to ‘build a clique of people around his line’ and ‘launched a cowardly attack on the Party’, calling it ‘fascist’, a Party report said.

After their HQ was shut down, Lambeth Council gave them social housing, and they moved to the Herne Hill area of south London.

One of their neighbours said they lived there until around 2003, and said she remembered them because a woman had died after falling from their window.


On Saturday Metropolitan police commander Steve Rodhouse said that two of the women had met the male suspect through a ‘shared political ideology’ and lived together in what he described as ‘a collective’.

Sources close to the investigation have said the couple, who arrived in Britain in the 1960s and are now also accused of immigration offences, had kept the women in a ‘cult-like’ home.

It came as it emerged the couple accused of holding the three women in servitude for more than 30 years have been linked to 13 addresses across London.


The youngest of the three alleged victims–Rosie–is said to have written letters to a neighbour, telling of her life as being ‘like a fly trapped in a spider’s web’.

The woman became infatuated with neighbour Marius Feneck, 26, reportedly writing him more than 500 letters in seven years.

One letter tells of how she suffered ‘unspeakable torment’ behind locked doors and windows, and of how she was terrified that her captors–‘these evil criminals . . . who dare to call themselves ‘my relatives”–might do something to him.

Rosie also knitted a jumper for Jesse Paddy, 64, and gave it to him with a note that read ‘For my dearest Jesse from Rosie with Love! 2 April 2013.’

He said Rosie was ‘nice’ and said: ‘She always seemed to be happy when I saw her and we’d have a chat, the jumper was a surprise though.’

Mr Paddy lived on the same Brixton estate and said he would visit alleged slave masters Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda in their flat.

He said the elderly couple appeared ‘natural’ and did not come across as ‘slavemasters.’


Police have recovered a birth certificate for the 30-year-old woman, who is believed to have lived her entire life in servitude, but no other official documents for her have been found.

The case came to light after the Irish woman rang the Freedom Charity last month to say she had been held against her will.

The Met said that part of the agreement on October 25 when the women were removed from the address was that police would not take any action at that stage.

None of the women was reported missing after being rescued, police said. All three are now in the care of a specialist non-governmental organisation.

The Irish captive

The unnamed Irish captive

Some 37 officers from the Met’s human trafficking unit are working on the case, and are sifting through 2,500 items in 52 bags taken from the mysterious property.

A baby was spotted inside the flat where the Lambeth slaves were held captive, neighbours said today.

Detectives investigating the case–described by Scotland Yard as the worst slavery case in modern history–will probe why a mystery young child was seen at the Brixton address around the time the three women were rescued.

Neighbour Anthony Mizzi, who lives in an adjacent block, said he saw the baby when he called at the home to deliver some post put through his door by mistake.

‘About three weeks ago, I had to go round to the house and deliver some of their mail. The last time I went round, an African lady in her mid-20s answered the door and she had a young baby in her arms,’ he said.

His accusation has been handed to the Met, who are set to interview him this week.


Pressure is building on Lambeth Council to fully explain what it knew about the ‘slaves’ as it was revealed the youngest victim came to the attention of social services 15 years ago.

A senior Lambeth councillor, who did not wish to be named, said her adoptive parents were reported to the police because Rosie, who was then 15, was not going to school.

The local authority is going through its records but it is understood a concerned member of the public contacted them via Scotland Yard when they became sure the then teenager was not attending school.

Police then passed on the information but it is unclear if Lambeth did anything with it.

A councillor said last night: ‘The police passed the complaint to social services but they said they weren’t prepared to take any action.’

Another councillor, told the Independent the council was ‘playing catch-up with police investigations’.

‘That this family was already known to them is not something that the council has chosen to refute. But something as basic as not following up on school attendance for such a long period of time invariably asks difficult questions,’ they said.

Leader of the Lambeth Liberal Democrats, Ashley Lumsden, said: ‘We are extremely concerned at the reports we have seen and are looking to the council to explain its involvement from a housing, educational and social services perspective.

‘We want a review conducted promptly and to be published so that we can consider it and so that lessons can be learnt.’

Another senior councillor said Lambeth’s social services, education and housing departments had all had contact with the household.

Last night Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said tackling modern slavery in Britain was a ‘personal priority’.

She said: ‘It is all around us, hidden in plain sight. Something most of us thought consigned to history books, belonging to a different century, is a shameful and shocking presence in modern Britain.’


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  • dd121

    I think they misunderstood a few key points of their Maoist ideology.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I think that falls under “There’s what they say, and what they really mean.” I think it’s quite in keeping with their true ideology.
      This kind of crap really gets to me when I think about how many good northern and southern lives were wasted when Lincoln attacked the South, and supposedly that was justified because of slavery. In reality, most southerners and northerners agreed that they wanted to get rid of slavery, but the question was how to get the freed slaves the hell out of the U.S., because no one wanted them..

      • dd121

        The civil war was NOT justified because of slavery. When the emancipation proclamation was issued there was rioting in New York because people who would fight for Union, would not fight to end slavery. This notion that the war was over slavery is modern marxist revisionist history. The winners, it seems, DO write the history books.

        • Luis

          General Ulysses S. Grant later said that if the Civil War were only about freeing the slaves, he would never have fought in it.

        • Pro_Whitey

          I’m with you, Lincoln’s attack on the South was not justified. It was the greatest disaster in U.S. history, and even more so because we did not attain the objective that most northerners and southerners would have agreed upon, that is, getting slaves the hell out of the U.S.

    • HamletsGhost

      Actually, they understood it very well. That council flat was Mao’s China writ small.

  • Truthseeker

    Whites and Malaysians should demand reparations for slavery.

  • Puggg

    We have two Indians enslaving two white women, one English and one Irish, and a Malay woman, in the black part of London, and the two Indians were the political followers of a Chinese communist dictator.

    All that diversity. Yep.

    I thought all these left wingers were against slavery.

    • HamletsGhost

      Actually, a lot of so-called Tanzanians are of ethnic Indian background. Indians form the commercial class in much of Africa.

  • Spartacus

    “The pair, of Indian and Tanzanian origin…”


    And what where these things doing in White lands in the first place ? Who let them in ?

    • Chip Carver

      Who let them in? Same people who opened the gates of Toledo for the Moors to invade Europe in one of their earlier go-arounds to destroy White Western Civilization. The Usual Suspects’ distaste for Islam is not what people think it is, as it is presented in the media. They worked hand in hand before, and will again on a much larger scale. Kissin’ Cousins.

  • bigone4u

    My university history teacher told me that only whites kept slaves. Luckily, my high school histroy teacher told me the truth. Watch, slavery will be rearing its head everywhere in the West as the invaders fail to assimilate.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Diversity is the gift that just keeps on giving. Expect more of these stories as more and more diversity is let in.


    “Police have recovered a birth certificate for the 30-year-old woman, who is believed to have lived her entire life in servitude, but no other official documents for her have been found.”

    How did an Indian and a Tanzanian get a white baby? Did they steal her? Purchase her? Adopt her legally? Adopt her illegally?

    White parents must make sure to watch their white babies at all times around diversity.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I agree. This story seems as if they are withholding some information. Three people could have overpowered the couple.

  • Paleoconn

    Powell was quoting a constituent with whom he had struck a conversation, but he agreed with the man and gave a wide audience to his complaint, and that is what matters.

  • Bill

    Yes. Rosie, being 30 and enslaved for 30 years yet knows how to read and write. Who taught her? The other slaves?……..Plus, why didn’t the neighbor, after receiving a few letters, go to the police?

  • scutum

    “It is all around us, hidden in plain sight.” Oh Really! Hidden in plain sight! I don’t think so. If you import third world immigrants into England you will eventually have a third world country, with all of it’s third world problems, including slavery.