Issued on 10/11/17 at 5:11 p.m.
A Hungarian national who subjected two men to months of forced labour and poor living conditions has been jailed for five years and eight months.
Kazmer Kolompar, 43, of HMP Birmingham, pleaded guilty to holding a person in servitude and an additional charge of requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
He was sentenced today (Friday 10 November) at Birmingham Crown Court. He has also been given a 10 year slavery and trafficking prevention order.
The victims were both living in Hungary when they were made aware of an opportunity to earn a living in the UK. They were offered living accommodation and a regular salary for manual work.
One of the victims arrived in the UK about six years ago and initially settled in Sheffield but he was told of a work opportunity in Leicester so decided to move to the area.
Quickly life changed for him; he worked long hours and wasn’t paid. If he refused to go to work he was assaulted and wasn’t allowed out of the property.
In 2015 Kolompar contacted the second victim in Hungary and told him he could earn four times as much in the UK and could come and live with him.
Again, for the first few weeks life was fine for the victim but then it changed. He worked and wasn’t paid, given very little food and whenever he asked for his salary he was assaulted.
Detective Constable Jo Turnbull is from the force’s modern day slavery team. She said: “The sentence passed today will hopefully help the victims move on with their lives and put the events of those months behind them.
“This was an extremely difficult case to investigate. The victims were both very traumatised by what they were subjected to. They never ever thought that they would be living in such conditions or made to work for little or no money.
“The Modern Slavery Act has only been in existence for the last two years and this is the first prosecution in our force area under this legislation.
“The individuals who commit such offences prey on people’s vulnerabilities and offer them a life they could only dream of. In reality this isn’t the case and many victims are left distraught.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice and would encourage anyone who has any suspicions about a friend or neighbour who may be a victim of such crime to contact us.”