London: British police say they have freed
24 men believed to have been held against their will, some for
more than a decade, and have arrested four people on suspicion
of slavery offenses.
Police said the men were found in poor physical health
and "shockingly filthy and cramped" conditions at a caravan
site in Leighton Buzzard, north of London.
Police said it believes the men, mostly English and
eastern European backgrounds, had been living and working "in
a state of virtual slavery" some for weeks and others for up
to 15 years.
Police said four residents of the caravan site have been
arrested on suspicion of slavery offenses.
It added that about 100 officers had been involved in the
early morning raid.