Manchester news Inside house of horrors dubbed 'gate to hell' where vile couple kept slaves Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Maros Tancos and Joanne Gomulska forced the vulnerable slaves to carry out almost £1million of work for free

Manchester news Inside house of horrors dubbed 'gate to hell' where vile couple kept slaves Manchester united news

PremierLeague-News.Com - Maros Tancos and Joanne Gomulska forced the vulnerable slaves to carry out almost £1million of work for free

Manchester news  Inside house of horrors dubbed 'gate to hell' where vile couple kept slaves Manchester united news
22 June 2022 - 17:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A vile couple who kept vulnerable victims as slaves and forced them to work for free have been jailed. Maros Tancos and Joanna Gomulska, both 46, were the ringleaders of a human trafficking and modern slavery operation in Bristol. The couple persuaded dozens of vulnerable people to travel from Slovakia to work for them at a city car wash and carry out almost £1million of work for free. Tancos and Gomulska kept up to 10 people living in the three-bedroom house at a time, locking them inside when the couple went out. Tancos exploited his links to orphanages and camps in Slovakia to recruit them, promising transport, a place to live and food, and a better life. Shocking photos reveal the squalor the slaves were forced to live in. Read more:Actor seen praying minutes before causing £10k of damage to Glade of Light Arena memorial Victims were led to believe they would get to keep half of their wages every month, while the other half would go towards food and living costs. Instead, they were kept locked up in squalor in the couple’s three bedroom home and forced to work for free. 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. Ten people in a three-bedroom home, sharing one bathroom and sleeping on filthy mattresses (Image: National Crime Agency) Gomulska would accompany victims to appointments and would act as the interpreter before taking their bank cards and pin numbers. Victims would work at Tancos’ car wash business during the day and were sent out to work catching chickens, packing milk or sorting parcels overnight. NCA investigators found that Tancos and Gomulska failed to pay a minimum of £923,835 in wages, calculated if Tancos had paid his victims minimum wage for eight hours a day. The pair also transferred almost £300,000 from their victims' accounts earnt whilst working at the secondary jobs. All of the money was spent on Tancos and Gomulska’s living costs, gambling online or in casinos, and on second hand cars. Victims said that Tancos would be violent towards them, with some describing being threatened or hit. They said they were too scared to leave the property and on many occasions were locked inside. National Crime Agency officers started an investigation in 2017 and traced Tancos and Gomulska’s offending back to 2010. The couple were kept under surveillance as they transported their victims to and from the car wash and to other manual roles around Bristol.

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. Maros Tancos and Joanne Gomulska were both jailed (Image: National Crime Agency) Victims described their time with the defendants as ‘catastrophic’ and said they were humiliated, hit and punished by Tancos. Another described returning to Slovakia when she fell pregnant, with her child being born malnourished and suffering epileptic fits because she had no money to bring back from the UK for food. One victim described the house as a ‘gate to hell’ and said they were not allowed to leave. They said: “The only thing I knew was work. All the time I was thinking that I was a slave there. I thought there was no way back.” Tancos and Gomulska denied a number of modern slavery and human trafficking offences but following a trial lasting almost three months and with evidence from 15 victims, they were convicted in April 2022. They were sentenced at the same court on Wednesday. One victim said they were not allowed to leave the house and thought there was 'no way back' (Image: National Crime Agency) Tancos was jailed for 16 years and Gomulska sentenced to nine years behind bars.. Tancos was also made subject of a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order (STPO). Judge Picton commended the NCA team for their work. NCA Branch Commander Colin Williams said: “Our investigation has put these two cruel abusers behind bars for a long time. Tancos and Gomulska’s vulnerable victims were kept as prisoners and treated with utter contempt, despite promises of a better life in the UK. "Victim testimonies showed the mental and physical scars they still carry from their treatment by the couple." Mr Williams added: "Tackling human trafficking and modern slavery is a high priority for the NCA, and we hope this result will bring some closure to the victims.” Victims duped by Tancos and Gomulska were forced to work at Tancos' car wash in the day and take on other jobs over night (Image: National Crime Agency) Safeguarding Minister Rachel Maclean said: “Tackling modern slavery is a top priority for me, and we must ensure that victims are provided with the support they need to begin rebuilding their lives, and that criminals who cruelly exploit people for commercial gain are prosecuted. “We have given enforcement bodies the powers and resource to take on gangs who profit from modern slavery, and thanks to the incredible work of the NCA, these criminals have now been brought to justice.” Read today's top news stories here Read next: People 'facing homelessness' as work on half-built housing site grinds to halt after contractor goes bust PrettyLittleThing rapped over 'seriously offensive' advert for jeans Girl, 12, repeatedly raped hours after police ignored her pleas and kicked her out of station is 'not a unique case' Three men arrested after Amir Khan robbed at gunpoint for £72k watch Man dies after horror crash at M60 and M62 Simister Island junction

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