IOM Says 100 Slovaks Trafficked as Slaves Every Year
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia has released an estimate that around 100 Slovaks are drawn into human trafficking every year, mostly being used for prostitution or slave labour.
The organisation points to how the Roma most often fall victim to promises of good money etc. A case was recently uncovered in Slovakia when five relatives were arrested in a massive police raid in the village of Jarovnice in the north east of Slovakia on charges of suspected human trafficking by enticing poor people to go pick vegetables in Britain under false pretenses.
Once there they were kept captive as the traffickers had control over their bank accounts, sometimes giving them just £ 5 a month like pocket money, while also controlling their food. Basically, the family of slave-drivers were collecting the wages of the victims, while they worked up to 16 hours a day in the fields or processing plant. The accused could face up to ten years in jail for their crimes.
The Ministry of Interior has announced a step-up in an awareness campaign aimed at preventing such cases.