Six charged in flower packer human trafficking case

Six people have now been charged with human trafficking offences as a result of a multi-agency operation on 15 July involving the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

The three men and three women were set to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on 18 July and are each charged with human trafficking into the UK and human trafficking within the UK. The case involved staff at a Derby flower packers.

Igor Marcin (35), Dagmar Marcinova (37), Marik Marcin (40), Gabriela Marcinova (41), Patricia Marcinova (22) and Valentin Balog (21) were charged on July 17.

Seven arrests were made in Derby on 15 July when Derbyshire Police assisted by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority executed several warrants in the city.

A 41-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and money laundering, has been released on bail while enquiries continue.
Officers also discovered 11 potential victims of human trafficking.

The 11 men were taken to a special reception centre, set up by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

Police believe that some of the men’s details may have been used to claim benefits fraudulently and that some of the victims may have been sent to work at different locations in the city.

The roles they carried out included flower packing and meat processing. Supplying workers to perform both types of work requires a GLA licence.

Detectives are continuing to work with the Department for Work and Pensions and the GLA as part of the ongoing investigation.

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