1. A woman was allegedly kept as a slave for eight years by a Melbourne couple.
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A Melbourne couple has been charged with keeping a woman as a slave for eight years, between July 2007 and July 2015, AAP reports.
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard the woman, who has not been named, was scalded with hot water during the time she was held captive, and is still vulnerable two years after she was rescued.
She will be able to give her evidence against them via video recording, with prosecutors arguing she had experienced “physical and mental trauma”.
Magistrate Jacinta Dwyer granted the application for her to be spared appearing at the five-day committal hearing to give evidence.
“This is a case clearly where the complainant is a vulnerable adult,” crown prosecutor Krista Breckweg said.