Birmingham slavery arrests: Second man bailed

House in Alum Rock Road Police said they found four men at a property in Alum Rock Road

A 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of slavery offences in Birmingham has been bailed.

Police said they found four men in squalid conditions in a lean-to building at a property in Alum Rock Road. They were believed to have been at the address for about a year.

Two men were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of human trafficking.

A 27-year-old man was earlier released on bail pending further inquiries, West Midlands Police said.

A woman has been charged in connection with the investigation and eight other people have been arrested.

The woman, Vasilica Panaghita, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, was charged with four counts of knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude.

She was remanded in custody and will appear at the city's crown court in April.

Of the eight people - four men and four women arrested in connection with trafficking offences - four remain on police bail pending further inquiries and the other four were released without charge.

The four men found at the property are being cared for by the Salvation Army, West Midlands Police said.

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