Mother and son jailed for keeping two Slovakian men as slaves
Mother and son are jailed for keeping two Slovakian migrants who could not speak English as ‘slaves’ for eight years
- Roman Slavik, 29, and his mum Maria Slavikova, 46, controlled lives of two men
- The two men had been approached on streets of Slovakia and brought to UK
- Over eight years, the men, aged 30 and 46, they were kept in bad conditions
A mother and son have been jailed after keeping two Slovakian men as ‘slaves’ for eight year.
Roman Slavik, 29, and his mother Maria Slavikova, 46, controlled the two victim’s back accounts and housed them in squalid conditions, gave them awful food and did not allow the men to return home.
The vulnerable men were approached on the streets of Slovakia before being brought over the the UK and exploited, the court heard.
Over the course of eight years, the first victim, aged 30, was paid around £12,900 from Slavik and Slavikova – although the total money he earned, including benefits, was £118,700.
Roman Slavik, 29, (right) and his mother Maria Slavikova, 46, (left) controlled the two victim’s back accounts and housed them in squalid conditions
The second victim, 46, was only given £13,600 over eight years but had earned around £80,100.
Both men lived with the Slavik family in Peterborough and were paid as little as £30 a week. They were given different fridges from the rest of the family and threatened with homelessness if they did not work.
The 30-year-old victim’s only venture out of the house other than to work was to the shops and he was not even given a key to the property.
He was taken to Peterborough Job Centre to claim benefits by Slavikova, who spoke English on his behalf. She lied to staff, saying he had a wife and children, and he was subsequently given around £100 every two weeks.
The man was paid £200 to marry a woman from the Philippines, who he had met once, so she could stay in the UK. He never saw her again after the wedding.
The second victim was unemployed and living in a derelict building in Nitra, Slovakia before he was introduced to the Slavik family.
He was brought to the UK with just one change of clothes and his Slovakian ID card, the court heard.
His abusers took out a number of different phone contracts in his name and a gym membership. He became financially trapped.
Both victims were moved to a number of addresses in Peterborough between 2008 and 2016, until police arrested Slavik and Slavikova in August 2016.
In police interview, Slavik answered no comment to the majority of questions to him.
At Peterborough Crown Court (pictured), Slavik was found guilty of arranging the travel of a person within the UK for exploitation, assisting unlawful immigration in relation to the sham marriage and two charges of fraud by abuse of position
Slavikova told police she came to the UK in 2007 with Slavik. She claimed both victims were alcoholics and drug users, before repeatedly denying allegations against her and her son.
At Peterborough Crown Court, Slavik was found guilty of arranging the travel of a person within the UK for exploitation, assisting unlawful immigration in relation to the sham marriage and two charges of fraud by abuse of position.
Jurors found Slavikova guilty of two counts of fraud by abuse of position.
They were sentenced on March 6, where Slavik was handed six and a half years. Slavikova was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
DC Pete Wise, who investigated the case with DCI Rob Hall and DC Peter Hume, said: ‘The Slavik family benefitted directly from their hard work and clearly disregarded providing them with what was rightfully theirs.
‘The victims spoke little or no English and worked extremely long days, making the opportunity for social integration away from their ‘home’ address virtually impossible.’