Three men working at scrapyards who were arrested as part of an investigation into modern slavery have been re-bailed after being questioned.
Police raided CAP Recycling in Elwell Street, West Bromwich, and sister firm Black Country Recycling in Union Road, Oldbury, on 27 September, arresting three men on suspicion of treating a group of eastern European nationals like slaves and paying them just £1 an hour.
Some 12 workers were brought in by the police to be ’safeguarded’, six of whom were found at the two businesses, three at a flat and another two in a van outside a suspect’s address.
Five of the safeguarded workers – three Polish men and a Slovakian man and woman – were identified as victims and said they were happy to support a criminal investigation.
Another of the safeguarded workers, a 70-year-old Indian man found at the CAP Recycling facility, was allegedly an illegal immigrant and was passed to the immigration authorities.
The remaining six Polish men did not want to be involved in the investigation and have been referred to support agencies and charities, ahead of possibly being repatriated to Poland.
All three men arrested were released on bail after initial questioning. Two are UK nationals aged 52 and 26. The other is a 47-year-old Pakistani national.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told MRW the men were called in for further questioning but released on bail while further evidence was being gathered. Investigations will continue into the new year.