In Australia, Police and Social Security officers are expected to start prosecutions this week against the owners of what's been called a "slave labour camp", near Brisbane.
In Australia, Police and Social Security officers are expected to start prosecutions this week against the owners of what's been called a "slave labour camp", near Brisbane. While police searched the camp at Belmont for bodies reported to have been buried in the sawmill where six men were said to have been held virtual prisoners,a second "slave labour camp" was uncovered a short distance away. That one was a farm, where police freed another 20 men.
SYNOPSIS: First word of the conditions under which the men were being made to live and work came when one of them managed to run away from the Belmont sawmill and alert police. The camp was raided where police found another five men living in conditions they described as "not fit for animals". Police say the camp owners combed the poor area of Brisbane, luring down-and-outs to the camp...and then, keeping them there with threats of beatings.
The owners haven't been saying anything about their charges of ill-treatment at the camp, or that they bailed drunks out of police cells to get workers. Most of the men were elderly and in a very poor physical state. But there could be a silver lining to their experiences. Government officials say they could have thousands to dollars to come in pension back-payments.