Slovak Work Slaves Freed in UK
A group of thirteen Slovaks were freed from a kind of enslavement in the UK this week after British police raided the Iqbal Bros factory in Rochdale, where the Slovaks were being held captive to work at sub-standard wages making picture frames.
Two men, Mohamad Iqbal and Najum Mohammed Iqbal, are being charged on suspicion of conspiracy to require another person to perform forced or compulsory labour, BBC news reports. The two brothers were kept in custody pending trial, while three other man are being investigated but released on bail.
The Slovak immigrants reportedly embraced the police on their arrival and pleaded for protection, according to daily Hospodarkse Noviny. They reported they had been victims of physical and verbal attacks from their employers and to work over eighty hours a week for just over EUR 30. The company even has lucrative contracts worth millions of pounds, according to Greater Manchester Police, who classed it as a typical case of modern slavery that is happening in the UK.