Landlord locked up for modern slavery
June 15, 2017
A man has today (Thursday 15 June 2017) been sentenced to eight years in prison for modern slavery offences.
Sajmon Brzezinski had admitted human trafficking, two counts of forced labour and fraud at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 5 June 2017.
On sentencing him today, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC said: “By your persistent
criminal activities you have degraded the lives of two men who were not
strangers to you, which in some ways makes what you did even more
Brzezinski was also given a slavery and trafficking prevention order to stop him from committing any similar offences in the future.
The court heard how the 43-year-old, formerly of Overdale Road in Old Basford, had trafficked a vulnerable man to Nottingham and forced him to work to fund his lavish lifestyle.
He'd also tricked another vulnerable man - who considered himself a member of his family after being taken from an orphanage - into handing over most of the money he earned.
Both of the men worked full time but were given allowances of just £20-£30 a week.
Meanwhile, Brzezinski's home in Poland was a "palace" with 50 windows, and he owned more than five cars and four properties in Nottingham - despite not having worked for the last five years.
An investigation was launched after a co-worker reported concerns about the wellbeing of one of the victims. Nottinghamshire Police worked in close partnership with the GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority), the National Crime Agency and Nottingham City Council.
The judge today also commended the work of investigating officers DC Claire Reilly and Mary Gaskin of the GLAA, saying: "Their labours in this case went over and beyond."
Speaking after Brzezinski entered his guilty plea, Detective Constable Claire Reilly of Nottinghamshire Police said: "This type of crime is one of the worst that exists in modern society and what is often most shocking is that it is happening in the midst of our towns and cities and is hidden in plain sight. I would ask that anybody who has any concerns that a person may be being exploited in this way contact the police."
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