British police free 24 slave laborers from camp 

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WHAT: A dawn raid by 200 British police freed 24 slave laborers being kept in dog kennels, horseboxes and filthy trailers at a mobile home camp in a crowded London suburb.

HOW: A five-member criminal gang recruited vulnerable travelers at soup kitchens and hostels with promises of work. The victims were beaten, starved and had their possessions taken. One man was held for 15 years, and another was only 17. At 5 a.m. each day, they were taken in vans to laboring jobs across Britain.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Police ignored claims of slavery there for three years, as 28 men — Romanians, Poles, Russians and Britons — had come forward with accusations since 2008.

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