Two Hungarian men have pleaded guilty to human trafficking offences which saw “desperate” Hungarians paid as little as £10 for working 80 hour weeks.
Heckmondwike-based Janos Orsos, 43, duped vulnerable fellow countrymen and women into thinking well-paid work and housing was available to them in the UK.
But the reality was squalid and cramped accommodation, long hours with barely any pay and beatings from Orsos if they disobeyed his orders.
Workers were transported to accommodation in Ravensthorpe and Batley, with anything up to 50 men sharing one house. One of the house rules was that no one could ever say
‘no’ to Orsos.
They were then sent to work throughout Dewsbury, Bradford and Wakefield.
Many were too scared to escape and one woman who had lost her job feared for her life after she overheard Orsos saying she would be killed.
Teeside Crown Court today (Monday) heard that Orsos, of Lascelles Road, made at least £60,000 from the conspiracy, which was sent out of the country using a Western Union account.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic a person into the UK for exploitation and conspiracy to traffic a person within the UK for exploitation, blackmail and converting criminal property.
Ferenc Illes, 25, of Beckett Walk, Dewsbury, was described as Orsos’s “lieutenant” by prosecutor Christopher Tehrani.
Illes pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic a person within the UK for exploitation. He denied conspiracy to traffic a person into the UK for exploitation, which was accepted by the prosecution.
The court had been due to hear from 13 complainants who had been trafficked by the pair if the trial went ahead.
The men will be sentenced tomorrow afternoon.
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