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Couple charged with modern slavery offences

A couple appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court charged with modern slavery offences. Credit: ITV News Central

A couple have been charged with Modern Slavery Act offences after allegedly luring a childhood friend from Poland to work for a pittance in Britain.

West Midlands Police said Tadeusz Ondycz, 32, and 26-year-old Marta Dombrowska, from Willes Road in Winson Green, Birmingham, arranged the man's travel and secured work at a recycling plant in the Black Country.

Police said the pair are accused of stealing the 47-year-old man's wages and documentation and controlling his bank account.

Ondycz and Dombrowska have both been charged with human trafficking and holding a person in slavery or servitude - under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 - and a count of fraud.

The couple appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court last week and were remanded in custody to appear at the city's Crown Court on 10 November.