Three men charged with modern slavery offences

It follows a police investigation. Credit: PA

Three men have been charged with modern slavery offences relating to car washes in Cumbria.

The trio are due to appear at North Cumbria Magistrates' Court on 20 November 2018, charged with conspiracy to commit offences of modern slavery, human trafficking and money laundering.

They are:

  • Defrim Paci, aged 39, of Windmill Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

  • Jetmir Paci, aged 35, of Minimum Terrace, Chesterfield

  • Sitar Ali, aged 30, of Adelaide Street, Carlisle

The three men were charged following an investigation by the North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team.

The offences date back to 2016 and 2017, and relate to a number of car washes in North Cumbria including Shiny Car Wash on Warwick Road, Carlisle, Shiny Car Wash in Penrith and Auto Clean Car Wash on King Street in Carlisle.

If you suspect human trafficking or modern day slavery you can report it by contacting police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Alternatively you can call the National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.