An evil couple who kept vulnerable people as slaves and forced them to do nearly £1m worth of work for free have been jailed for a total of 25 years.
Maros Tancos and Joanna Gomulska, both 46, were the ringleaders of a modern slavery and human trafficking operation in Bristol.
They persuaded dozens of vulnerable people to travel from Slovakia to work for them at a city car wash.
Tancos would use his links to orphanages and camps in Slovakia to recruit victims, promising them transport, a place to live and food, and a better life.
Victims were told they would get to keep half of their wages every month, whilst the other half would go towards food and living costs.
However, on arrival, victims were kept in squalor in the couple’s three bedroom home in Brentry Lane, Bristol, and forced to work for free.
They said they were locked in the house and had identity documents and mobile phones taken from them.
Tancos’ co-conspirator, Gomulska, helped with arrangements to transport workers in the UK.
She would take their identity documents and only release them when they were needed for applications like National Insurance numbers or bank accounts.
Gomulska would accompany victims to appointments and would act as the interpreter before taking their bank cards and pin numbers…