After a police raid in the village of Jarovnice in Prešov Region earlier this week, police have charged five people – three men and two women, all from the same family – with human trafficking.
The five allegedly lured their victims to the UK, offering them high pay. There they established their victims' bank accounts, into which employers paid salaries. However, only the accused had access to the money and drew it out themselves. If found guilty, the five could face four to ten years' in prison.
The scheme had apparently been operating since at least May 2008. Police say the traffickers picked up socially disadvantaged victims and promised them jobs in picking, processing and sorting vegetables. The jobs should have paid some €600 to €2,655 per month, Police Presidium spokeswoman Andrea Dobiašová told the SITA newswire. After conditions were agreed, they were taken to the UK by bus and then by car to the city of Peterborough, where they were made to work 8 to 16 hours daily. They were also threatened with the withholding of food if they refused to work. The accused in some cases gave as little as £5 per month to the victims and told them that they were saving their money for later. Slovak police cooperated with their counterparts from the United Kingdom in the case. One hundred police officers and six dogs participated in the raid, searching five houses and three vehicles.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Jun 2011 at 10:00