Police yesterday rescued 24 young men who were being held and made to work as slaves.
They were found at a Gypsy caravan site when 200 police raided the camp and found the men, 4 men have been charged with the crime.
The men, all from the same family of gypsies, are charged with conspiracy to holding a person in servitude and requiring them to perform forced labour.
The Crown Prosecution Service named the men charged as Tommy Connors, 30, Patrick Connors, 19, James (Big Jim) Connors, 34, and James (Jimmy) Connors, 23, all of Greenacres caravan site, in Great Billington, Leighton Buzzard.
How can this go on to-day, someone must have seen them coming and going from the camp.
Some of them had been living and working there in a state of virtual slavery, some for just a few weeks and others for up to 15 years.
They’re recruited and told if you come here we’ll pay you £80 ($125, 95 euros) a day, we’ll look after you give you board and lodgings.
But when they get here, their hair is cut off them, they’re kept in, in some cases horseboxes, dog kennels and old caravans, made to work for no money, given very, very small amounts of food.