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200 Eastern-European Slaves Freed in South England
Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria -
The police in Cornwall raided a flower farm, which was under suspicion of slave labour. The operation was a success and over 200 people of Eastern-European descent have been released.
During the raid, the policemen managed to release 200 people from Lithuania, Romania, Poland, and Bulgaria. The victims have been moved to an emergency centre where they have received humanitarian and juridical aid. Professional interpreters, members of the Red Cross, members of the Salvation Army and representatives of Cornwall’s local government have offered their help and services.
Each year, during the season for flower picking, about 200 foreigners come to the farm. All of them are placed in camper vans in close vicinity to the farm. Locals and authorities have wondered about the conditions in which the workers live. After a check was performed, the police operation took place. It is expected that the successful raid may lead to wide-spread investigation all over the region in an attempt to prevent similar situations.
There's more to the story. Some of the workers actually protested the arrest of their "slavemaster". One Romanian woman was quoted by The Guardian: “Our boss has been arrested and we think he has done nothing wrong. We have very good conditions." This shows a rather interesting dichotomy between what Eastern-Europeans consider good conditions and what Westernners call modern-day slavery.
(Picture taken from: devonrachel.com)