24 jun 2016
Officers arrested arrested Minu and Sanjeev Chopra, both 47, woman on suspicion of slavery, servitude and forced labour offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on Thursday.
The well-renowned psychiatrist and her marine engineer husband have been accused of bringing a 28-year-old ‘au pair’ to Britain and turning her into a slave.
The mother-of-one of Cranbourne Road, appeared before Manchester magistrates on Saturday and was remanded into custody.
The couple are expected to appear together at Manchester Minshull St Crown Court on March 11.
The pair have been charged with slavery offences
The couple – who lived in an upmarket area – at the Olympic torch rally
Neighbours of the couple in the upmarket Bamford area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, described the couple as “decent”.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “There must have been some mistake over the paperwork or something like that because I see her around a lot.
“She never seemed in distress and she’s been with them for two years in that house. I think she was with them in their previous house as well.
“I have spoken to her many times and she has never made any complaint to me. She never seemed upset or anything like that.”
Mr and Mrs Chopra, who were pictured at the Olympic Torch relay in 2012, each face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison if convicted under the Slavery Act.
Dr Chopra was described as working as a psychiatrist at the Royal Bolton Hospital while her husband described himself as a chief engineer for Herald Marine services – a company with its headquarters in Mumbai, India.
Couple face maximum sentence of 14 years if convicted under Slavery Act
The offences come under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
There must have been some mistake over the paperwork or something like that
The alleged offences relate to two periods spanning five years.
The alleged victim was removed from the property and is being cared for by partner agencies, police added.