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Romany gang trafficked slaves into UK before using them to claim benefits which they pocketed themselves, a court has heard.
Homeless people were picked up by associates of the Rafael family on the streets of Slovakia and the Czech Republic and brought to Newcastle where they were forced to live in cellars or sleep several to a bed in cramped rooms.
The Rafaels allegedly arranged National Insurance numbers for the EU nationals and used them to claim benefits, which they kept for themselves, prosecutors claim.
Slaves, who changed hands for £200 to £300, were fed stale bread and goulash while the family of nine enjoyed expensive alcohol and food, one of their alleged victims told a jury.
The family also claimed housing benefit and one had an SUV car under the Government's mobility scheme, a court was told.
The establishment really needs to get a grip on the Bennie system.
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