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    UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people

    UK family found guilty of enslaving homeless and disabled people
    Lincolnshire gang forced at least 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalor for up to 26 years

    Jamie Grierson

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    Friday 11 August 2017 10.17 EDT

     

    Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been convicted of a series of modern slavery offences after forcing at least 18 victims – including homeless people and some with learning disabilities – to work for little or no pay and live in squalid conditions, it can be reported.

    The members of the Rooney family, who were based on Traveller sites in Lincoln, targeted vulnerable people, including some with alcohol or drug addiction, and deliberately looked for potential captives on the streets, Nottingham crown court heard.

    The impact of the forced labour on the mental and physical health of the victims had been severe, prosecutors said, with some being malnourished, subjected to beatings and threatened. One of the victims was found to have been working for the family for 26 years.

    The Rooneys lured in their captives with offers of work and accommodation but once they accepted they were allocated dilapidated caravans mostly with no heating, water or toilet facilities, prosecutors said. Some victims reported having to use rudimentary toilets in the woods nearby.

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  • closeupready (1644 posts)
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    1. Despicable. So how many months will the slave-holders get? 6?

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    • roguevalley (2022 posts)
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      2. If they are travelers they might get hanged

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      • Babel 17 (3154 posts)
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        5. Now I'm reminded me of The Riches (I didn't see they were "travellers" at first)

        Nice folk, but at one point they “adopted” a mentally impaired older woman. IIRC they treated her beautifully, but she might have been used in a scheme or two.

        Went off the tracks a bit near the end, but still a very amusing show.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riches

        When reading the OP I saw “Traveller sites” and sort of just thought “tourism”. :) Thanks for helping me rethink that.

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    • Mom Cat (12799 posts)
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      3. Let's start the bidding at 26 years, the amount of time they enslaved just one

      of the victims!

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  • Babel 17 (3154 posts)
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    4. Work release after doing some time

    Let them out in the daytime (with an anklet) so they can work at jobs and pay back their victims. Nighttime they go back and obey their jailers.

    Karma is satisfied. If they rehabilitate themselves, let them out but still have them help with funding of their victims. Hopefully by then they would want to.

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  • joentokyo (556 posts)
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    6. This horror goes on in the US, too!

    A cousin of mine who received a nice social security check because of a disability was captured by people like these. She was made to live with them in a trailer park in Florida miles from her NC home. She was controlled through mental and physical abuse. The beatings eventually caused her to die of kidney failure.

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