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Slavery is a thing of the past, legally anyway. The Gwent Police in Wales are currently investigating a report of slavery and servitude in the St Brides area of Newport. Earlier this week, BBC first reported that four people had been arrested as part of an inquiry in regards to a slavery ring in Wales. Today three more men, a 53 year old, a 38 year old and a 20 year old all from the St Brides area of Newport were arrested on suspicion of slavery and servitude offences, according to the Gwent Police. This brings the total to seven (7) individuals.

"This is a fast moving and complicated investigation,” said Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths in a press release put out by the Gwent Police.

The search of the Marshfield area will continue again today and likely into the weekend as Specialist officers and a Forensic Archaeologist continue to search for a body which may have been buried at the site.

"In addition to the suspected offences in relation to Slavery and Servitude, we are also acting on intelligence which suggests that the body of an unknown person may be buried at the Marshfield site. As such specially trained officers, equipment and a forensic archaeologist have been deployed to investigate this,” said Griffiths.

The initial four who were arrested remain in police custody. They are a 66 year old man and a 42 year old both from the Marshfield area, a 36 year old man from the Cardiff area and a 42 year old woman from the Penhow, Monmouthshire area.

One man of Eastern European descent, found Monday, has been taken to a medical reception facility. BBC today reported a third man has just been found as well.

This investigation has been dubbed Operation Imperial and began after 43 year old Darrell Simester was found after having been missing for 13 years. The Gwent Police is working in conjunction with Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), other Forces, UK Human Trafficking Centre, RSPCA and the Red Cross.

VIDEO NOTE:

The accompanying video questions if farm laborers here in the United States are actually treated as slaves. The video was chosen because of the similarity in that the above slavery and servitude occurred on farms.

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