Modern slavery case in Sebes: Old man, forced to work, beg, locked in the stable and beaten with chains

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A man and his wife have been detained in Sebes, Alba County (central Romania, southern Transylvania) for allegedly sequestering a 66-year-old man in a stable last summer. Investigators say the couple forced the old man to work in their household, to beg at various churches and they used to beat him with chains and other objects.

DIICOT is investigating the case, with preliminary information revealing that the victim has been exploited by occasionally practising beggary and working for free.

Investigators say that in the summer of 2017, the 66yo man went to the house of Silvia and Dumitru Bumbu to recover a sum of money representing the payment for some work he had previously done in their household, but the couple has practically took the old man as hostage, locked him in a stable and forced him to work and beg for them.

The victim was permanently monitored by the couple to prevent him from running away, and he also had to endure repeated beatings, with visible marks on his body that required hospitalization. The couple would give the victim insufficient food and water.

At the same time, the old man was forced to beg at the site of various churches and this is how the policemen tracked down the case.

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