A wicked family kept a woman a slave for six years, sleeping in a shed while she worked seven days a week without pay.
Two men and two women from Enfield have been put behind bars after the Pole was held in shocking “unsanitary conditions” and banned from contact with her family.
Izabela Dytlow, 47, and Andrzej Kasparowicz, 63, were both jailed for nine years, while Szanel Dytlow, 19, and Kamil Wesolowski, 22, were given suspended sentences and 120 hours in prison.
Police said the woman, who lost both parents, came to the UK for a “better life” before being exploited by the ailing family.
Approached with a promise of work in England, she was brought in by van on 26 October 2014 on the assumption that she would be working as a paid carer for Izabela Dytlow.
Police said the victim worked for the vile family at addresses on the outskirts of Birmingham and Enfield for more than five years – in conditions akin to modern day slavery.
She was forced to work long hours, seven days a week, without pay.
The victim was promised a salary – but she didn’t see a penny and in the end she stopped asking for it.
“She was forced to sleep in a garden shed or under a blanket on the floor, sometimes in unsanitary conditions. She was kept in isolation, not allowed to use the phone or contact her family,” police said.
“She was denied her Polish ID card, it was the only document she had. His identity was also misused by the family for financial gain. »
An investigation was eventually launched after concerned neighbors raised alarms about the victim’s well-being.
Neighbors told police about the conditions in which the victim lived and said they saw him on the street cleaning the family cars almost every day – whatever the weather.
Police persuaded the victim to leave the address after she initially denied being held against her will.
In the police car, she told officers, “It’s like a dream, I can’t believe I’m free now.
“When officers brought her coffee, she was visibly overwhelmed – no one had brought her coffee before,” police said.
The four accused were arrested on May 14, 2020 and jailed on Friday after being found guilty after a seven-week trial.
Detective Constable Petra Williams said: “It has been a lengthy investigation which uncovered many crimes committed by the family.
“The victim comes from a poor background, both parents are deceased.
“She hoped coming to the UK would give her a better life and one can imagine the disappointment she must have felt when she had to deal with these unacceptable conditions.
“The family clearly exploited the victim and took advantage of his vulnerable condition.
“They made the victim believe that if she went to the police, she would never get help and get into trouble.
“It was clear that over time the victim had lost hope that the situation would improve and had given up. »
The family clearly exploited the victim and took advantage of his vulnerable condition
Detective Constable Petra Williams
She added: “I hope this case encourages anyone in a similar situation, or anyone who is concerned about someone they know, to come forward and speak up. »
Izabela Dytlow, of Tottenhall Road, Enfield, has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
She was convicted of one count of trafficking into the UK for exploitation, three counts of detention of a person in bondage and four counts of fraud by providing false information.
Szanel Dytlow, of the same address, was sentenced to 16 months in prison, 24 months suspended sentence and 180 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty in one case of imprisoning one person.
Andrzej Kasparowicz, with the same address, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
He was found guilty of three counts of bondage, two counts of fraud by providing false information and one count of money laundering.
Kamil Wesolowski, from the same address, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, 24 months suspended sentence, 120 hours of unpaid labor and 15 days of re-education.
He was found guilty of one count of keeping a person in bondage.
Patricia Strobino, Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS London Complex Casework Unit, said: “The convictions in this case are a testament to the bravery of the victim and there is no control over the neighbors who have not allowed the unacceptable treatment of another.
“This victim now has the opportunity to pursue his dream of living in the UK. »
If you suspect that you or anyone you have been in contact with is a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking and needs assistance, please contact The Salvation Army’s confidential 24-hour helpline on 0800 808 3733.
You can also report a suspicion or seek advice through the confidential Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. This is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can also report the police online or by phone on 101 or in an emergency dial 999. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.