High life of the travellers who ran slave gang: Lived in luxury while beating homeless man into a "state of servitude"

High life of the travellers who ran slave gang: Lived in luxury while beating homeless man into a 'state of servitude' Family of five kept private army of labourers in cramped, squalid caravans The Connors paid the vulnerable drifters as little as 5 a day and beat them The victims were attacked with brooms and rakes to keep them obedientSlaves were made to strip and one had hosepipe forced down his throatMany were addicts who were supplied with cannabis to keep them docileWilliam Connors, 51, lived a life of luxury while his workforce suffered | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 15 December 2012 A family of travellers who kept homeless drug addicts and alcoholics as virtual slaves were last night facing years behind bars. The Connors family owned homes with hot tubs; a fleet of cars including a Rolls-Royce and a Mercedes saloon; enjoyed Caribbean cruises and holidays in Mexico and Dubai; and had 500,000 in the bank. But their fortune came from constructing driveways and patios using a workforce of vulnerable men kept in squalid conditions, paid a pittance, and living in fear of violence.