West Yorkshire Police has disrupted an international organised crime gang trading in slavery after a Polish man was sent to prison for four years for human trafficking.
David Zielinkski, who's 24 and from Enfield in Middlesex, was also given a 10 year Slavery Trafficking Prevention Order at Bradford Crown Court.
During the investigations officers were told how socially disadvantaged people or those with alcohol or substance dependencies would be targeted in Poland and then brought over to the UK on the promise of regular, well paid employment.
On arrival, however, they were housed in poor conditions and then registered with employment agencies. Physical control would be exerted over victims and they would be transported to and from work.
Bank accounts and lines of credit were also opened in the victims’ names along with numerous loans, utility and mobile phone accounts opened.
It all came to light during a nationwide investigation into modern day slavery, after a woman and two men went to West Yorkshire Police in January 2016 to report they were victims whilst residing in the Bradford District.
Aa further five victims were subsequently recovered from an address in Bradford who were re-housed and supported.
Anyone who is or has been a victim of human trafficking or modern day slavery should call police on 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.