Cumbria shed investigation: Man pleads guilty to slavery and trafficking offences

Peter Swailes, 56, entered a guilty plea when he appeared before Carlisle Crown Court on Tuesday January 18.

He was released on bail to appear before the same court for sentencing on February 4.

Investigators from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) were supported by Cumbria Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in rescuing the victim during an operation in 2018.

After approaching a small green shed, investigators were greeted by the victim who told the officers that he had lived int he shed for 40 years.


VIDEO: Inside the shed

In interviews, the victim stated that he worked on farms, with the work consisting of painting, slating and tarmacking. He said he was paid as little as £10 per day.

The victim was accepted into the government’s National Referral Mechanism (NRM) on the day he was rescued and continues to receive specialist support to this day.

He now lives in supported accommodation outside of Cumbria.

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