10/01/2014 12:16 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Vasilica Panaghita, Woman Accused Of Keeping Four Male Slaves In Squalid Conditions At Her Home

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A woman has been charged with slavery offences after four men were found at her home.

Unemployed Vasilica Panaghita, 54, was charged this morning after police discovered the men being kept in squalid conditions.


West Midlands Police said 54-year-old Vasilica Panaghita appeared before magistrates in Birmingham today.

Four men were found in a lean-to building at an address in Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, on Monday.

The men are believed to have been at the address for approximately a year.

They are now being cared for by the Salvation Army.

Panaghita, of Alum Rock Road, Birmingham, was charged today with four counts of knowingly holding another person in slavery or solitude.

She has been remanded into custody to next appear at Birmingham Crown Court on April 18.

A further eight people – four men and four women – were also arrested in connection with trafficking offences. They have been bailed pending further inquiries, police said.