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      Tuesday 16, December 2014

      Four men arrested in Rochdale factory slave raid


      THREE men aged 51, 43 and 40 have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking offences and forced or compulsory labour following a raid on a factory in Rochdale.

      A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of trafficking offences.

      The immigrants were allegedly paid less than £2 an hour, or £25 per week, with the extra £100 earned taken as ‘expenses’ for food, travel and accommodation. However, living conditions were described as ‘cramped and terrible’, and the immigrants were forced to work 12 or more hours a day.

      The raid was a part of ‘Operation Retriever’, which was put in place to help tackle trafficking and immigration issues in the Greater Manchester area.

      DI James Faulkner of Great Manchester Police said: “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 for their week’s work. This is a typical example of how modern slavery can work in the UK.”

      By Alice Knight