Seven people from the same family have been sentenced to 66 years in prison between them after they were convicted of trafficking three Polish nationals into the UK.
5 women and two men, also Polish nationals, subjected their victims to violence and forced them to work under conditions of bonded labour.
The offences took place between January 2009 and September 2010 in Forest Gate
The three victims were lured to the UK with the promise of paid work and a better life.
As soon as they arrived, their identity documents were confiscated and they were subjected to violence, also 'accruing' a weekly debt of £60 for food and accommodation, which they would never be able to pay off.
Their identity documents were used to claim tax credits, and to apply for bank loans, vehicles and other goods for the defendants use. The victims were subjected to a catalogue of violence and degrading treatment.
One night, having been held captive for approximately 12 months, one of the victims managed to escape, subsequently living on the streets for four months before finding assistance from a charity called City Hearts.