How forced labour case unfolded
14 December 2012 Last updated at 23:37 GMT
Five members of one family have been found guilty of using forced labour, subjecting workers to repeated violence and humiliation, and paying them as little as £5 a day.
The court in Bristol heard that the Connors family repeatedly beat labourers and hosed them with freezing water in conditions that amounted to modern-day slavery.
From Bristol, Jon Kay reports.