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MP calls for probe as 'slaves' liberated.

THE Government was yesterday urged to probe the scandal of internal human trafficking as police continued to investigate allegations 24 slaves were being held at a caravan site in Bedfordshire.

Sunday's raid on the Greenacres travellers' site, in Leighton Buzzard, was launched as part of a long-running investigation by Bedfordshire Police which suggested the men were being held against their will in poor conditions at the site, and forced to work for no pay.

Speaking at Home Office questions in the Commons, Conservative MP Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire) called on the Government to "pay particular attention to the issue of internal trafficking within the UK, given that 17 of these 24 slaves were British citizens".

Immigration Minister Damien Green said the discovery "came as a shock to many of us".

He added: "What we saw was effective police action, co-ordinated in many ways by the Serious Organised Crime Agency."
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Date:Sep 13, 2011
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