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Modern Day Slavery

Traveller family forced homeless drug addicts to become their slaves. 

Nigel Edwards, Barrister for Peter Doran is instructed by Bird & Co Solicitors.

Peter Doran is one of a number of travellers who await sentence following conviction and guilty plea for running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in 'truly shocking' conditions for decades.

One victim was ordered to dig his own grave and told 'that's where you're going' if he did not sign a bogus work contract. 

The 11 gang-members, convicted of fraud and slavery charges, enjoyed holidays to Barbados and cosmetic surgery and even shelled out on a Manchester United soccer school, earned off the backs of their workers.

Operating from sites in Lincolnshire, they targeted victims who were homeless, had learning disabilities or complex drug and alcohol issues.

The men, aged 18 to 63, were freed after raids by Lincolnshire Police and the National Crime Agency, carried out in 2014. 

One of the victims was found to have been working for the family for 26 years.

Some of the gang also targeted four elderly home-owners, getting them to sign over properties into their names and selling three on for profit - one for £250,000.

One the householders ended up dying without his family knowing. It was only when contacted police they discovered they had missed his funeral.

Judge Timothy Spencer QC said: 'After careful consideration, I'm quite satisfied the public interest lies in these matters being reported.'

Members of the family would go looking for victims on the streets, hostels and shelters, offering work for food and accommodation.

But at sites in Drinsey Nook and Washingborough, the offers of fair work for fair pay were exposed as lies.

However, it was through false promises, drugs, alcohol and violence, family members made sure they kept their victims 'financially-trapped' and under total control. 

For full story from the mail Online http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4782154/Traveller-family-forced-homeless-victims-slaves.html 

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