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One of the officers on the raid said: 'The primary function of this event today was to safeguard people, to safeguard the vulnerable.'All the people that we've come across that we have safeguarded are vulnerable people.'They're foreign nationals who do not speak any English or speak very little English.'We have come across some English people here that are not normally connected to these sites.'They're very vulnerable, however they're saying to us that they're quite happy to be there which I find it very difficult with the conditions they're living in.' The officer continued: 'These are people who are basically more or less living out in the open.'Predominantly the victims are being used to work long hours with very little pay.' Pre-dawn raids were carried out at Justin Park, near Greenfields in Braybrooke, and at Lower Ecton Lane in Northampton.
This is the dramatic moment police raided three travellers' sites and rescued five foreign 'slaves' and a Briton from squalid caravans.
Dramatic footage captured during the dawn raids shows officers combing through the tiny squalid caravans which are littered with rubbish.
Detectives revealed the 'stark difference' between the 'palatial' living conditions of those who were arrested and those of the suspected slaves.
Police arrested three men aged 33, 29 and 20, as well as a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Detectives later arrested a 76-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman on suspicion of similar crimes.
Four Romanians and one Pole were taken to safety during the major operation in Northamptonshire.