Modern day slavers

Posted: October 12, 2010 in Law & Disorder

IlieTwo members of a gang that were at the heart of what is believed to be one of the UK’s largest human trafficking cases, were sentenced to a total of only 6 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking offences.

Lukasz Adamowicz and Jerzy Bala were arrested in April 2010 following an investigation that had uncovered the pair at the heart of a European trafficking gang.

The UK arm of the gang, based in the Burngreave area of Sheffield, had sought to lure genuine Polish workers to the UK on the promise of paid work and a better life. The workers would find themselves being forced to work up to 12 hours a day and then housed in a derelict property at night, unable to leave.

The workers were recruited via newspapers and the internet in Poland, and then asking them to pay money up front for accommodation and the necessary documentation they would need to work in the UK – on average between £300-£500 each.

Mind you, these people must be a bit gullible as to travel to the UK by coach is only about £50, EU citizens can work in the UK anyway and a couple of weeks B&B money for accommodation would also be needed. Straight to an employment agency on arrival, who seem all geared up to employ Polish workers over unemployed UK workers and ‘Bob’s you uncle’ fully entrenched in the UK! Judging by the number of foreign registered cars in our area I would say five Poles sharing the cost of petrol for the 900 miles works out even cheaper.

Anyway I digress, on arrival these, soon to be slaves, would be picked up from the airport and then taken to the Halcar Tavern, Carwood Grove in Sheffield, where they had to share cramped and squalid conditions.

The gang would then arrange for them to be taken to and from work but wouldn’t pay them at the end of the week. After a couple of weeks of unpaid work, the gang would then turn up with baseball bats and evict the victims under the threat of physical assault.

UKBA investigations identified twenty six victims but also uncovered information that has led them to believe that this may have involved around 130 Polish nationals over a period of two years.

Two other members of the gang that ran the operation from Poland have also been arrested. Both Polish nationals were apprehended here in the UK under European arrest warrants and have been extradited to Poland to stand trial at a date to be announced.

The two sentenced yesterday in Sheffield pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic into the UK for exploitation and conspiracy to traffic within the UK

Another law is an ass case

A gang of thugs who tortured an autistic boy for three days walk free from court.


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