Detective Inspector Floyd Higginson of Hampshire Police: “Hampshire Constabulary will not tolerate such exploitation, which is unacceptable and abhorrent to our society today.
“Trafficking and servitude are demeaning, demoralising and sometimes dangerous to those affected.
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the resolve and courage of all the survivors who sought our help and supported this prosecution.
“The police force is prepared to intervene with our partner agencies to protect the most vulnerable from those who would cause them harm."
“This human trafficking was finally exposed when one of the victims managed to escape in January 2012 and reported the crimes against him and his companions to the police," said James Kellam, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
“We would like to thank all the victims who have had the courage to give evidence in court.
"We hope that with these convictions they will be able to move on with their lives and have the future that they wished for.”
Dawid Siwak recruited workers from Poland with false promises that they could expect a decent life and decent pay working in the United Kingdom.
He arranged accommodation for them in Portsmouth saying that the expense could be paid off by them when they started work.
However, their dreams of a better life were quickly shattered when they started to realise that they were being exploited.
The court heard how they were crammed in two flats in Portsmouth, one rented by Siwak the other rented by one of his acquaintances.
If paid work could not be found immediately they would be made to do casual jobs for Siwak or his friends for which they were not paid or not paid properly.
Whilst doing this work, their “debt” to Siwak would continue to increase.
A Polish national has been jailed for six years for exploiting workers and people trafficking.
Siwak was convicted of eight offences of exploiting four Polish workers who were enticed into coming to the United Kingdom to work.
He was also convicted of four counts of forcing a person to perform forced labour and four counts of human trafficking.
Thames Valley Police have arrested 12 men after conducting dawn raids in Oxford, as part of an investigation into child exploitation. 24 girls between the ages of 11 and 16 are now being cared for by social services. Officers believe the offences have taken place over a 6 year period.
The men between the ages of 21 and 37 are being questioned by police this morning. They have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including;
- The prostitution of females under the age of 18
- Administrating drugs for the purpose of rape
- Human trafficking
- Grooming and rape.
Neighbourhood policing patrols conducted patrols around the areas where the raids took place to reassure local residents. Anyone with any information which they feel would be useful to the investigation is urged to contact Crimestoppers.