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David Zielinski, 24, formerly of Bradford, denies being key figure in slavery plot to exploit poor and vulnerable in Poland

David Zielinski, 24, formerly of Bradford, denies being key figure in slavery plot to exploit poor and vulnerable in Poland
David Zielinski, 24, formerly of Bradford, denies being key figure in slavery plot to exploit poor and vulnerable in Poland




David Zielinski, 24, formerly of Bradford, denies being key figure in slavery plot to exploit poor and vulnerable in Poland

A RUTHLESS criminal gang trafficked people to Bradford and forced them into slavery, a jury has been told.
Bradford Crown Court heard that 24-year-old David Zielinski, formerly of Bradford, was alleged to be a key figure in a plot to exploit the poor and vulnerable in his native Poland by selling them the dream of a better life and forcing them to work in poor conditions while siphoning off their earnings.
Zielinski, now living in Enfield, London, denies four offences under the Modern Slavery Act, involving the arrangement or facilitation of people to the UK to exploit them.


Prosecutor Chris Smith told the court: “This is a case about a group of criminals exploiting deep-seated human needs – the needs other people harboured to travel to and work in this country.
“Vulnerable people who were sold a dream but who found themselves living in a nightmare; trafficked into this country and forced to live and work in very poor conditions whilst the money they earned was siphoned off by a greedy and ruthless gang.”
Mr Smith said the trafficking was a family business – “Zielinski and sons”.
A police interview with one of the alleged victims, Michel Jakub, was played in court yesterday. Mr Jakub, 40, and his partner Izabella Oginska were brought to Thornbury, Bradford, from Poland after being promised a better life, the court heard.



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