The men, who had been locked in a garage with no bathrooms or bed, had only a chair for comfort. When found, the men were malnourished, and “almost invalids”, according to the police. As a result, three of the rescued men have been taken to a local hospital.
They told officers they had been lured to the location with the offer of cigarettes and beer. Their captor then forced the men to hand over their disability and monthly benefit checks. At least one of the men was also a military veteran.
According to the AP, one person has been taken into custody.
According to BBC News, the police are also investigating four women who were also found at the house, to see if they were held captive as well.
The police were alerted to the situation by a neighbor who reported the presence of the men at the home. An investigation into the situation is still on going, and could be for weeks.
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