- Peter Swailes, 56, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to slavery and trafficking offenses for keeping a man in a tiny shed without light or heating for 40 years, according to the UK’s Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
- The worker, now in his 60s, told UK law enforcement that he spent his days working on farms doing various kinds of manual labor for the Swailes for around 10 pounds ($13.60) a day.
- Officers explained that a separate shed provided for Mr. Swailes’s family dog was “in a far better state” than the tiny, dark, unheated shed given to his worker.
Cheryl Teh from Insider writes:
“A man in England pleaded guilty to slavery and trafficking offenses in connection with a worker who lived in a tiny shed without light or heating for 40 years, the GLAA said.
Peter Swailes, 56, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to keeping a man in a wooden shed in his garden for four decades, a press release from the UK’s Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority said.
The press release said Swailes was arrested in October 2018 after the police searched a trailer park in Carlisle, northwest England. Both Swailes and his 81-year-old father, also named Peter Swailes, were accused at the time of offenses under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. But the older Swailes died in September 2021 before the trial began, the BBC reported.
The Evening Standard reported that authorities rescued the man from the shed after an anonymous tipoff.
The authorities found the man, who was 58 at the time, in a dark shed without lights or a heating source. GLAA officers said the shed was “in complete darkness” when they went to rescue the man…”
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