Nottinghamshire County Council today made a formal apology to Bassetlaw man Terry Lodge, who was forced to work as a child slave after being taken into foster care.
The apology to Mr Lodge, who told authorities about the abuse but was ignored, is the first of its kind.
Terry Lodge was first made to work on a farm when he was 8 and then in a foundry at the age of 11. As a result Mr Lodge is unable to read. He was beaten and sometimes starved while in the hands of his foster parents.
Bassetlaw MP John Mann has highlighted his case in Parliament and today welcomed the apology:
“For too long people like Mr Lodge were not believed when they brought forward their allegations.”
“It is right that Nottinghamshire County Council has now formally apologised and I pay tribute to the bravery of Terry Lodge in bringing this to light.”
"The whole issue of children being sold on to farms as slave labour is a scandal yet to fully emerge in this country.
"It shows the level of depravity that was there - but also the collusion."