1. ITV Report

Man jailed for human trafficking in Bradford

Guilty of human trafficking: Dawid Zielinkski Credit: West Yorkshire Police

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.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime, and causes misery and suffering to people often simply wanting to make a living to support themselves and their loved ones, whether at home or abroad. Those who exploit people for their own ends have no place in a civilised society and we are committed to tackling this despicable crime.

Investigations tend to be challenging and complex and this case has been no different. We have worked extensively with agencies across the country and in Europe throughout with the team determined to get justice for the victims. The successful conviction, and the prevention order and sentence is a testament to their hard work and dedication.

We would seek to reassure anyone who is, or who has been a victim of modern slavery, that in coming forward, you will be taken seriously, dealt with sensitively and provided with specialist support. You will be believed. We will help.

– Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson, of the Protective Services (Crime) team

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.