‘Upmarket’ NHS psychiatrist and engineer husband charged with ‘turning au pair into slave’
By Rebecca Perring & Oli Smith
February 16, 2016
A 28-year-old woman was found allegedly living as a slave, Greater Manchester Police said.
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 couple, who had a young eight-year-old son, have been accused of exploiting the au pair nanny and with holding her in slavery or servitude.
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.
The pair have been charged with holding a person in slavery or servitude, 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.
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.