Published On: Wed, May 14th, 2014 on 1:49 pm

Innocent were forced to work 60 hours a week for £20 in Dewsbury

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Two men have been jailed for their role in a human trafficking ring in which they lured people from Hungaria into West Yorkshire to work 60 hours a week for as little as £20 a week.

The two men, Janos and Ferenc, were sentenced to five years and three years in prison at Teesside Crown Court for masterminding a scam where victims had been forced to live in cramped rooms and left in fear of violence if they opposed.

It was through Operation Tavernhouse that resulted in their conviction after one victim who fled West Yorkshire made contact with the charity Hope For Justice, who then contacted West Yorkshire Police.

The 20-year-old victim revealed he had been the victim of offences in 2011, and more victims soon came forward.

One of them was a 45-year-old woman who came to the UK last year, and was kept prisoner and forced to do housework for free. She was not given clothes and was only fed once a day during her captivity.

It was only when she was later given more freedom and was able to flee by catching a train out of Dewsbury.

Another victim worked more than 21 weeks for just £30 and lost more than 10 kilos in weight.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Jeffrey of Kirklees CID, said: “These convictions have followed a long running, detailed and at times, difficult investigation and I want to thank partners including Hope For Justice, who have worked with us to bring this case to a conclusion.

“By tackling this relatively recent challenge in partnership with Hope for Justice, we are directly contributing to keeping our communities safe and feeling safer as well as dismantling the infrastructure of organised crime groups.”

If anyone feels they may be a victim of this type of trafficking and is being exploited, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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