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Donegal slaves being paid €5 a day

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Fortwell complex Donegal
Fortwell complex Donegal

Six slaves found living in deplorable conditions in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal were being forced to work 14 hours a day for just €5.

The men, who are believed to be from Romania, range in age from 21-45 years.

Armed gardai conducted raids on apartments in the Fortwell complex in connection with slavery reports.

Six homes and businesses were searched while mobile phones and computers were seized.

A man in his 40s, also from Eastern Europe was arrested in connection with the alleged human trafficking and slavery.

He is being questioned at Letterkenny garda station.

The four men were taken into the care of the HSE and have been reunited with their families in Ireland.

Reports indicate that one of the men managed to contact the Romanian Embassy to complain about their situation in August, which prompted the investigation.

Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell said that the men were delighted to see officers arriving to free them, describing the situation as “modern day slavery”. 

It is believed at the centre of the investigation is a gang that is involved in trafficking men into the country to work in car washes.

The latest arrest comes four weeks after five men were removed by Gardai from a business premise in the Donegal town. It was reported the men were brought into the country to work illegally for very little money.

They were paid a small amount of cash and given accommodation until they were rescued by Gardai.

The gang took their passports from them and allegedly put them to work in car washes. They were put in State care and several of them have been reunited with their families.

Yesterday armed gardai raided apartments in Letterkenny and seized documents, phones and computers.

Gardai say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the investigation.

It is believed at the centre of the investigation is a gang that is involved in trafficking men into the country to work in car washes.

The latest arrest comes four weeks after five men were removed by Gardai from a business premise in the Donegal town.

It was reported the men were brought into the country to work illegally for very little money.

They were paid a small amount of cash and given accommodation until they were rescued by Gardai.

The gang took their passports from them and allegedly put them to work in car washes. They were put in State care and several of them have been reunited with their families. 

Yesterday armed gardai raided apartments in Letterkenny and seized documents, phones and computers. 

Gardai say a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the investigation.