Five people were freed including two minors. The captives were 'attached with chains and straps... beaten (and) humiliated', starved of food
Inhabitants of a village in southern Romania kidnapped dozens of vulnerable young men and boys and pushed them into modern-day slavery, chaining, abusing and humiliating them, authorities said.
Police carried out a large-scale raid on Berevoiesti, 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Bucharest, on Wednesday and freed five people including two minors. They are investigating around 90 suspects.
The captives were "attached with chains and straps... beaten (and) humiliated", starved of food and fed on scraps, prosecutors from the Direcția de Investigare a Infracțiunilor de Criminalitate Organizată și Terorism (DIICOT) organised crime investigation unit said.
Around 40 victims were "captured in public places, near churches or train stations, or at their homes" since 2008 and forced to do household chores, look after animals and do illegal logging, prosecutors said.