Victims of UK's largest modern slavery ring forced to work at recycling sites

Eight members of a Polish human trafficking ring with links to recycling sites in the West Midlands have been handed jail sentences totalling 55 years, in what has been described as the UK’s largest modern slavery conviction.

Three people were sentenced on Friday at Birmingham Crown Court as part of Operation Fort, following the imprisonment of five others earlier this year, who up until now could not be named due to reporting restrictions.

Police believe there were up to 400 victims in total. Aged from 17 to their 60s, they were promised jobs and accommodation in the UK, but were forced to work at waste recycling centres and farms in the West Midlands.

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