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Homeless men freed after years in Texas 'dungeon'

Houston police investigate the home where the group were held against their will. Credit: REUTERS/Richard Carson

Four homeless men have been freed from a "dungeon"-like house in Houston, Texas, after being held against their will so their captors could allegedly cash in their benefit cheques.

The men, three of whom were found malnourished and locked in a garage, told police they were lured to the dingy home around 10 years ago with the promise of beer and cigarettes.

Officers are also investigating whether four women also found at the property, all of whom appear mentally disabled, were being held captive too.

One man who does not live at the property has been detained for questioning.

NBC News has the full story.