Eight men rescued from slavery in Totton

Eight men in Totton have been rescued by Hampshire Police after being held in slavery.

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Eight men rescued from slavery in Hampshire

Hampshire Police have rescued eight men from a farm in Totton as part of an investigation into slavery.

The men, aged between 21 and 46, are a mix of Romanian, Latvian and Polish nationalities and were being held at Little Testwood Farm on Salisbury Road in Calmore.

They have been taken to a survivor reception centre to receive emotional and practical support.

Police also recovered industrial equipment that is believed to have been stolen.

A 27-year-old man from Luton was arrested on suspicion of knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude and remains in custody.

As this morning’s action shows, we’ll take swift action against anyone suspected of exploiting vulnerable members of society for their own gain. “We know that people are being trafficked, exploited and enslaved across the country including here in Hampshire. “I’d urge anyone with concerns, suspicions or information that could help our enquiries to contact us in confidence."

– Detective Inspector Phil Scrase from Southampton CID
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