In a daring dawn raid, police have rescued eight alleged slaves who were kept in “cramped and filthy conditions” at a caravan site.
All the slaves were male and the youngest was still a teenager, aged only 17. A spokeswoman for the Bedfordshire Police, Chief Inspector Tania Coulson said: ”
“The men we found at the plot were in a poor state of physical health and the conditions they were living in were cramped and filthy. We believe that some of the victims had been living and working there in a state of virtual slavery, some for just a few day/weeks and others for many years.”
Police arrested two men and two women at the site on suspicion of slavery offences after they received several reports that a number of people were being held as slaves at Green Acres caravan site in Leighton Buzzard.
Due to their “poor state of physical health” all the victims are now receiving medical care. It is not the first time Green Acres has been in the news; in 2011, six members of the same family were charged with slavery and forced-labour offences at the site.