Man Believed To Have Been Kept As Slave for More Than 40 Years

A call to a confidential tip line has led to what a workers' regulation official in England calls the discovery of an "extremely sad and serious case." The BBC and Evening Standard report on a raid at dawn Wednesday in Cumbria, where officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority found a 58-year-old man living in a green 6-foot shed outfitted with just a soiled bedding, a chair, and a TV. The horrifying part of their discovery: GLAA's Martin Plimmer says it appears the man had been kept as a modern-day slave there, doing unpaid labor since he was 16 or 17 years old. "The information that was given to us was that he had been kept in the shed for a period of 40 years," he says.

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