Man admits to having enslaved a man in his garden shed for 40 years

  • A British man has pleaded guilty to enslaving a worker for 40 years.
  • Peter Swailes, 56, admitted to having kept a man in an unlit garden shed without heating for decades.
  • The man was forced to work for Swailes and was paid about $ 13.70 a day for his work.

A man in England admitted to having enslaved a worker in a small shed without light or heat for 40 years.

Peter Swailes, 56, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to holding a man in a wooden shed in his garden for four decades, according to a press release from the British Gangmasters and Labor Abuse Authority.

According to the press release, Swailes was arrested in October 2018 after police searched a trailer park in Carlisle in the north-west of England. Both Swailes and his 81-year-old father, also known as Peter Swailes, were at the time charged with offenses under Britain’s Modern Slavery Act. But the older Swailes died in September 2021 before the trial began, according to the BBC.

The Evening Standard reported that authorities rescued the enslaved man from the shed following an anonymous tip.

Authorities found the man, then 58, in a dark shed with no light or heat source. GLAA officers said the shed was “in complete darkness” as they went to rescue the man.

The enslaved worker, now in his 60s, told British law enforcement that he spent his days painting and painting farm work for the two Swailes men for about $ 13.60 a day.

GLAA officers also noted that another shed where the Swailes family’s dog slept was “in a far better condition” than the neighborhoods made available to the worker.

Inside the shed from Vimeo.

The rescued worker now lives in state-subsidized housing, according to the GLAA.

“This has been a really shocking investigation. In all my years in law enforcement, I have never known a modern-day slavery case where exploitation has taken place over such a long period of time,” said Martin Plimmer.

“First and foremost in my mind at the moment is the victim though. Let’s remember that he has been exploited throughout his adult life until just a few years ago. He is now in his early 60s. It is “There, even now I’m struggling to understand. For four decades he was actually kept as a slave,” Plimmer added.

“Unfortunately, we are all too aware that he will be traumatized by his experience for the rest of his life. I am committed to ensuring that he continues to receive the regular, consistent support he needs that makes it possible. for him to live a normal life. as he can according to the circumstances. “

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