News ID: 57544
Published: 0957 GMT December 16, 2014

British police forces detain three slave masters

British police forces detain three slave masters

British police have arrested three suspected slave masters following a raid on a factory in northwestern England.


On Monday, police broke into the premises in the town of Rochdale in Greater Manchester county and detained the three men on suspicion of conspiracy to commit trafficking offences and complicity to perform forced or compulsory labor, Press TV reported.

The police raid rescued 20 Eastern European immigrants working 80 hours a week on low wages.

"The men and women working in the factory have told us that they were subjected to physical and verbal assaults at the hands of their employers and forced to work more than 80 hours before ending up with around 25 pounds for their week's work," said detective inspector James Faulkner.

It is a “typical example” of “modern slavery” in Britain, Faulkner noted.

Monday’s raid was reported to be part of Operation Retriever, which is being conducted by British authorities against human trafficking in the UK.

In the first stage of the operation in November, 15 people were detained across Greater Manchester and five were charged for their role in a trafficking ring.

Up to 13,000 people across the UK were victims of modern slavery in 2013, four times more than previously estimated, according to data released by the UK Home Office last month.

Resource: Press tv
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