Proof that modern slavery is a British problem too

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
21 January 2016

These alarming stories are taken from official sources (police, GLA etc) and the press.

These alarming stories are taken from official sources (police, GLA etc) and the press
The former owner of an Argyll [1] hotel was jailed for three years after trafficking workers from his native country Bangladesh in July 2015. Shamsul Arefin offered jobs as chefs – if people paid him large sums. Victims were forced to work long hours, were paid a fraction of the contracted amount and required to chop logs in freezing winter temperatures.
Scottish gangmaster Sheila Wood of Drumlithie [2], who supplied daffodil and potato pickers, was stripped of her GLA licence in October 2015 after underpaying workers. 
Lithuanian husband and wife Stasys Skarbalius and Virinija Skarbaliene were jailed last July after setting up a business supplying farmworkers in the UK 
using a stolen ID. 
Five members of a UK/Hungarian gang were jailed in July 2015 after recruiting 120 women in the UK to work as babysitters, cleaners and office workers and forcing them into prostitution.
Two men who lured victims from Hungary and forced them into slavery were jailed in May 2014. They paid their own countrymen as little as £20 for a 60-hour week in bed factories near Dewsbury [3].
In April 2015, 13 people were arrested in Peterborough [4] in a case about the trafficking of Slovakian nationals.
In March 2014, DJ Houghton Ltd, a Kent gangmaster who subjected dozens of migrant workers employed as chicken catchers to extreme exploitation, finally withdrew its appeal against the GLA’s decision to revoke its licence.
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A Lithuanian man who enticed compatriots to the UK with the promise of work handling clothes for charity and paid them as little as £10 a week was convicted in Swindon [5] of human trafficking.
Lithuanian Zydrunas Zdanevicius was found guilty in Southampton [6] for forcing another man to work excessive hours handling leaflets and charity bags.
Thames Valley Police raided 11 properties including five nail bars in Reading [7], Wokingham [8] and West Berkshire in March 2015.
Seven suspected slaves were rescued after police raids on brothels, car washes, nail bars and restaurants in Manchester [9] in October 2015. Police made 24 arrests. 
A Braintree [10] car wash owner who raped a teenage immigrant every day was jailed for 11 years in December 2015.
Four arrests were made as police targeted organised crime links to car washes, including one in Burpham [11] in November 2014.
The owners of a Harrogate [12] Indian restaurant were jailed after importing staff from India, Pakistan and the Middle East and forcing them to work long hours.
In March 2014 Hull [13] car wash owner Ali Mohammed Raza was jailed for running a people-smuggling ring.
The Plymouth [14] trial of five people accused of trafficking Czechs into the UK and forcing them to work in factories was halted in July 2015 for “legal reasons”.
A hearing into a Portadown [15] man charged with forcing 12 Romanians to work unpaid was adjourned in October 2014 pending further evidence.
Portsmouth [16] police raided nail bars and one massage parlour in October 2015.
Police found four migrants at a Rishton [17] car wash working 10-hour days for £30 in April 2015.
•Two members of a Sheffield [18] gang, which conned money out of Polish building workers brought into the UK on false promises, were jailed in 2010. 
Seven Romanian children 
were found working in 
near freezing conditions 
in Worcester [19] in 2010.
Police raided nail bars in York [20] in March 2015.
A Scottish fishing firm is being investigated after claims workers earned £100 for two- and-a-half-months of work.These alarming stories are taken from official sources (police, GLA etc) and the press:
  • The former owner of an Argyll hotel was jailed for three years after trafficking workers from his native country Bangladesh in July 2015. Shamsul Arefin offered jobs as chefs – if people paid him large sums. Victims were forced to work long hours, were paid a fraction of the contracted amount and required to chop logs in freezing winter temperatures.
  • Scottish gangmaster Sheila Wood of Drumlithie, who supplied daffodil and potato pickers, was stripped of her GLA licence in October 2015 after underpaying workers.
  • Lithuanian husband and wife Stasys Skarbalius and Virinija Skarbaliene were jailed last July after setting up a business supplying farmworkers in the UK using a stolen ID.
  • Five members of a UK/Hungarian gang were jailed in July 2015 after recruiting 120 women in the UK to work as babysitters, cleaners and office workers and forcing them into prostitution.
  • Two men who lured victims from Hungary and forced them into slavery were jailed in May 2014. They paid their own countrymen as little as £20 for a 60-hour week in bed factories near Dewsbury.
  • In April 2015, 13 people were arrested in Peterborough in a case about the trafficking of Slovakian nationals.
  • In March 2014, DJ Houghton Ltd, a Kent gangmaster who subjected dozens of migrant workers employed as chicken catchers to extreme exploitation, finally withdrew its appeal against the GLA’s decision to revoke its licence.
  • A Lithuanian man who enticed compatriots to the UK with the promise of work handling clothes for charity and paid them as little as £10 a week was convicted in Swindon of human trafficking.
  • Lithuanian Zydrunas Zdanevicius was found guilty in Southampton for forcing another man to work excessive hours handling leaflets and charity bags.
  • Thames Valley Police raided 11 properties including five nail bars in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire in March 2015.
  • Seven suspected slaves were rescued after police raids on brothels, car washes, nail bars and restaurants in Manchester in October 2015. Police made 24 arrests.
  • A Braintree car wash owner who raped a teenage immigrant every day was jailed for 11 years in December 2015.
  • Four arrests were made as police targeted organised crime links to car washes, including one in Burpham in November 2014.
  • The owners of a Harrogate Indian restaurant were jailed after importing staff from India, Pakistan and the Middle East and forcing them to work long hours.
  • In March 2014 Hull car wash owner Ali Mohammed Raza was jailed for running a people-smuggling ring.
  • The Plymouth trial of five people accused of trafficking Czechs into the UK and forcing them to work in factories was halted in July 2015 for “legal reasons”.
  • A hearing into a Portadown man charged with forcing 12 Romanians to work unpaid was adjourned in October 2014 pending further evidence.
  • Portsmouth police raided nail bars and one massage parlour in October 2015.
  • Police found four migrants at a Rishton car wash working 10-hour days for £30 in April 2015.
  • Two members of a Sheffield gang, which conned money out of Polish building workers brought into the UK on false promises, were jailed in 2010. 
  • Seven Romanian children were found working in near freezing conditions in Worcester in 2010.
  • Police raided nail bars in York in March 2015.
  • A Scottish fishing firm is being investigated after claims workers earned £100 for two- and-a-half-months of work.
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