GLAA rescues modern slavery victim living in shed for 40 years

A potential modern slavery victim, who investigators believe has been living in a 6ft shed in Cumbria for 40 years, has been rescued by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

A statement released by the GLAA, yesterday revealed its officers attended a fixed residential site North of Carlisle to carry out the dawn raid and recover the 58-year-old British man yesterday morning (3 October).

The potential victim has been taken away by specialist trauma officers to be medically examined and assessed.

GLAA officers arrested a 79-year-old British man on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

The operation has been supported by specialist officers from the National Crime Agency, the Cumbria Housing Department, who are investigating possible health & safety breaches, and officers from Cumbria Police.

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