Monday, 12 September 2011
Slave Horror in UK: Travellers' site raided.....
The raid, which involved 200 police, was the result of a five-month covert operation following complaints from others who managed to escape. The "slaves", their heads shorn like concentration camp victims, were held in cramped and filthy conditions and survived on the minimum of food while being forced to work laying tarmac and heavy labouring jobs, in place of machinery. Some were sent overseas to work, but were threatened with violence if they attempted escape or complained.
The victims were found in soup kitchens and benefit offices across the UK, some alcoholic or lacking family support, which made them vulnerable to the gang who offered them secure jobs, clothing, food and a home. Instead, on arrival their heads were shaved and they were made to live in dirty caravans and sheds.
Four men and a woman have been arrested and are expected to be charged with slavery offences. It is not the first time this type of crime has been discovered under the noses of local residents, totally unaware that "slaves" were being held within their area. Sadly the close-knit community of "travellers" need to address this horrific and inhumane behaviour amongst its own. The plight of the men must have been known to all those who lived on the site and, if so, they should be ashamed of their silence. It is heartbreaking that vulnerable people could be abused in this way.