A group of Slovaks have been charged with slave trading in Perth, Scotland, for enticing young women to go there for work, naive to the true motive of the group.
According to online news portal of The Daily Record, two women aged 20 and 47 and one man aged 27 had have been charged for luring two young women to Scotland with the intention of using them for sexual slavery or scam marriages. They allegedly took their passports and kept them under lock and key once they arrived in Scotland.
The group got a young couple to come to Britain, for instance, and tried to force the 19-yr girl to take part in a scam marriage. The case came to light after one of the women managed to get hold of a mobile phone and call her parents in Bratislava about the situation, after which the Slovak police started collaborating with the police in the UK, Interpol and other authorities. An organised police raid in July 2012 eventually freed the captives.
The gang, Helena K. (47), Renata K. (20), and Ivan B (27), were all convicted of human trafficking yesterday, with two more accused being acquitted. They have all been kept in custody with the final sentence to be issued on January 2013. According to the daily, there were around 950 victims of slavery in the UK last year (712 adults and 234 children), with some 93 suspected case of trafficking in Scotland alone.