Three people have been sentenced following an investigation into exploitation and enforced labour at nail bars in the Midlands and South West.
Officers from Staffordshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police unravelled the human trafficking operation which saw young Vietnamese women forced to work without wages in nail bars across the country.
Two women and a man were sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today for offences under the Modern Slavery Act.
29-year-old Viet Hoang Nguyen (known as Ken), and 23-year-old Giang Huong Tran (known as Susan), both of Barker Round Way in Burton, were found guilty of conspiracy to require others to perform forced or compulsory labour.
Viet Hoang Nguyen was also found guilty of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the movement of people for labour exploitation.
48-year-old Thu Huong Nguyen, (known as Jenny) from Bath, was found guilty of conspiring to arrange or facilitate the movement of people for labour exploitation. She was also found guilty of conspiring to require others to perform forced or compulsory labour.
They were convicted on 3 November 2017 after an eight-week trial at Stafford Crown Court.
Viet Hoang Nguyen was sentenced to four years in prison. Giang Huong Tran received a two year suspended sentence. Thu Huong Nguyen was sentenced to five years in prison.
Arrests were made at a nail bar in Abbey Arcade, Burton. Two vulnerable young women, who were also being exploited for labour purposes, were found at the premises.
They were moved about the country and exploited through the control which was held over them due to their lack of immigration status, age and social status.
If you’re concerned for someone or are experiencing slavery you can call 08000 121 700 for confidential advice, or visit www.modernslaveryhelpline.org