A man who trafficked four Polish workers to London to exploit and use as slaves has been jailed, police say.
Jonatan Majewski, 26, recruited the quartet from Poznan, western Poland, deceiving them with the promise of good jobs and excellent pay.
But officers from the Metropolitan Police’s modern slavery and kidnap unit said the four – three men and a woman in their 20s – were forced to work 12-hour days, six days a week, at a commercial laundry in Essex, east of London.
They were also forced to sleep together on the floor of a bedroom and fed rations of bread and soup.
Majewski demanded the victims hand over most of their wages at the end of each week, claiming it was for travel and accommodation expenses.
After three weeks, the quartet desperately sought help from colleagues at the laundry and raised the alarm with police.
Majewski, of Woodville Road, Hackney, was given an 18-month jail term after pleading guilty to human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation.
DC James Greenaway, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “Jonatan Majewski cynically-exploited his victims for financial gain.
“He deceived them with the promise of a better life, offering a job with a regular wage, which was higher than they could earn in Poland.”