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Rochdale men charged with slavery-related offences

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Image caption The Iqbal Bros factory is based at a business estate in Rochdale

Two men from Rochdale have been charged with slavery-related offences after a Greater Manchester factory was raided by police.

Thirteen Slovakian immigrants were found at Iqbal Bros picture frame factory in Rochdale, on Monday.

Mohamad Iqbal, 51, of Belmont Way and Najum Mohammed Iqbal, 40, of Harrison Close are both charged with knowingly requiring another person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Both have been remanded in custody.

The pair are due to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Three other men arrested as part of the police operation have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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