Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

It is alleged they trafficked the victims from their home countries before stealing their wages

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A group of Polish nationals are due in court today - accused of trafficking over 80 victims.

Four men and three women, all living in the West Midlands, have been charged with modern slavery offences.

The seven suspects will be at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday morning (Oct 15) as part of a trial set to run for around 14 weeks.

It is alleged they have exploited more than 80 people trafficked from their countries since 2014.

They were charged with human trafficking offences which involved controlling bank accounts in their names while stealing their wages.

Those charged are:

• Justyna Parcewska (47) from Beechwood Road in West Bromwich, who is originally from Wloclawek in Poland

• Marek Brzezinski (48) from Lindley Avenue in Tipton

• Dawid Kasperowicz (27) from Waterside Street in West Bromwich, who is originally from Opoczno in Poland

• Natalia Zmuda (27) from Canute Close in Walsall, originally from Debca in Poland

• Julianna Chodakiewicz (22) from Saxonbury in Evesham, who is originally from Grueziadz in Poland

• Marek Chowaniec (29) from Mount Street in Walsall, originally from Warsaw

• Jan Sadowski (26) from Dartmouth Street in West Bromwich

All seven have been charged with conspiracy to force people into labour, conspiracy to traffic people with a view to exploitation, and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Two other Polish men have also been charged in connection with the investigation and are set to stand trial next year.

Anyone who suspects people are being exploited or forced into labour in their community is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or contact the anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice or call 0300 008 8000.

Article from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/polish-nationals-court-charged-human-15280460