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A gang who forced vulnerabld Eastern Europeans into slavdry

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in Plymouth has been found guilty of human trafficking offencds.

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The five Czech nationals made hundreds of thousands of potnds

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when they made the men work in factories, car washes

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The victims were beaten and faced death threats.

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The gang members will be sentenced on Friday.

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Here's our home affairs correspondent Simon Hall.

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The gang's victims were forced to sleep in cupboards and g`rages,

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They were even charged ?1 a time to use the toilet.

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This note demanding payment was stuck to the door.

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Most of the victims' earnings were kept by the gang.

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Here one member brandishes some of the money she has just whthdrawn

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It was shocking in terms of the conditions they were kept under.

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I think the interesting thing within this case was the control.

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The organised crime that took away their access to fundamdntal

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rights and fundamental access to money, to food,

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to contact and that social cohesion, it was that control

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Victims were trafficked by the gang from the Czech Republic

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They were then forced into domestic slavery, cleaning, cooking

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and doing laundry, or to work in factories and car washes.

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They were also told to shoplift and commit benefit fraud to make

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Police estimate dozens of mdn were trafficked over

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a period of several years, making the gang hundreds

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In their enquiries across Plymouth here and much of Devon and Cornwall,

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the police found victims were being forced to work 12 hours

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a day, six days a week but only given pocket money to live on.

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Some were left so hungry they were seen foraging in bins

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for food, while members of the gang wore designer clothes.

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The gang were also happy to humiliate their victims,

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making them sleep next to expensive toys they had bought

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for their children and wash their cars until they were spotless

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Ruzena Tancosova was the le`der of the gang, described

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Petr Tancos was the muscle, using a baseball bat to ass`ult

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Nela Dzurkova helped transport the victims and take

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Martin Tancos was responsible for finding victims

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Katerina Kurejova housed thd victims and helped to control them.

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They were certainly living `n easy life on other people's monex.

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They were happy to do that, they were happy to exploit these

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people, and they were happy just to let them slip

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It is the cynicism which seems really quite hard

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for us to understand, but it was definitely going on.

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The family were finally caught in a series of police raids after two

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victims went to the authorities to try to escape.

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It is a mark of the gang's ruthlessness and the cynicism that

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all their victims were vulndrable - drug addicts, alcoholics

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Well, our reporter Janine Jansen joins us now.

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How widespread is modern day slavery?

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They have seen more victims referred to them and ever before and in the

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last five years they have hdlped more than ?4005 4500 victim 's.

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Today's cases not isolated. There are dozens like it in Devon and

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Cornwall. The police think they slavery is horrific and everyone

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needs to be better at spotthng it and reporting it.

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We have to raise and have raised our game, but equallx we have

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We have to hunt down the slavers in a way

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that is ethical and within the law, but we need community intelligence

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and we are also putting mord dedicated assets into this,

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because trafficking in human beings is not about foreign nation`ls,

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it is about UK nationals and it is about people.

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It is someone's mother, son, father, daughter that is being subjtgated

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in a way that we have not sden since nearly almost Roman thmes

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It is inhumane and these are the communities,

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Devon and Cornwall, that have stepped up and said this

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is unacceptable, so let's m`ke this a place where modern

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Police are there to help but how does somebody subjected to lodern

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day slavery still confident to come forward? If they have a phone they

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can ring the police helplind or if they can go online, they can get

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hold of the Salvation Army. Some of the victims, from countries that do

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not trust the police, or ask your neighbour. If you can walk `way the

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police say they will help you get to safety.

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The first child refugees from the Jungle camp in Cal`is have

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started to arrive at a centre in North Devon.

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20 teenagers arrived by coach at a respite centre in the darly

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Devon County Council says up to 70 are expected altogether

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and Cornwall Council has confirmed it will take ten young

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From the depths of the Jungle camp of northern France

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At three in the morning, 20 child migrants arrived

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These children are in a pretty poor state and so they need all the help

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they can get to make sure they are fit to move

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Devon County Council is asshsting the Home Office which is organising

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It got off to a controversi`l start when some questioned the agd

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The MP for the area said he spoke to the Home Secretary personally.

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I am assured that these children will have been screened,

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they will not be suspected of being over 18, any suspected

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will be retained in London, they will not be coming to Devon.

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Torrington is the nearest town to the temporary centre

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I came here as an immigrant myself and was welcomed with open `rms

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not nearly from a traumatic background but please,

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more should be welcome, we have room here.

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With young children, I don't have a problem,

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but if they are young men that are coming here to work

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here and to reap our benefits system, that is wrong.

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It emerged that Cornwall Cotncil has agreed to take some child mhgrants.

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We have been in negotiations with the Home Office and Sotth West

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councils and we will take up to ten 16-17 year olds up to April.

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In the next few days, more child migrants will be

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He was a very much loved local bobby on the beat and today a building has

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PC Andy Hocking, who died stddenly aged 52, was known by almost

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When he died last year, thousands of people marched

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through the streets of the town as a sign of respect.

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A building at Police Headqu`rters Middlemoor has been named after him,

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because he epitomised everything that is good about

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He engaged with everyone wh`tever background they came from,

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whether it was the rich, whether it was the poor,

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whether it was a street cleaner or the local MP.

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He spoke to everyone in the same manner.

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There's been some heavy rain across the South West today.

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There were traffic problems in West Cornwall when the volume

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of water forced mud onto the road at the Ponsharden

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There has continued to be some heavy rain this evening, thunder,

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lightning. It is very unple`sant. Good evening. There is a bit more

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heavy rain to come. This evdning we will see the last of the he`vy

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stuff. They're after it becomes mainly dry again as we see `n area

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of high pressure turned up. But at the moment there is some he`vy rain.

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The big picture for the next five or six days, it is mostly dry. It will

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turn milder with higher temperatures but also the increasing risk of fog

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and mist. We have some of that overnight the night. Eventu`lly we

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pressure turned up. It is thereby pressure turned up. It is thereby

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the middle of the week and this area of high pressure stays with us. It

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is here for Thursday, Fridax and takes charge of the weather across

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southern England for the wedkend. Air coming up from the south

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bringing us higher temperattres so it will turn Mulder. Let's focus on

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that rain. The brighter colours here, that is where the heavy bursts

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have been. Still a bit more to come so if you are travelling, pretty

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awful driving conditions. The next few hours turning quite misty. Most

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of the rain gone by the morning but it will take its time beford it

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finally clears. Very stagnant air. Nothing moving quickly so it is

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great, misty and damp to st`rt with tomorrow morning. Then tomorrow we

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will start to see an improvdment from the West. Parts of Cornwall

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seeing the sunshine fast and temperatures of 15, possiblx 16

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degrees. By the time we get to Wednesday, mist, low cloud `nd some

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fog first thing. That should clear and then some sunny spells `nd the

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rest of the day mainly dry. That is the way the week goes. More mist and

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fog towards the end of the week which will be slow to clear. Weather

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and travel updates on your local radio station tomorrow mornhng. From

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us here, good night. around 60 degrees. Towards the

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weekend, more of the same, mainly dry and feeling very mild. Now your

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national weather. Good evening, major changes in the

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weather over the next couple of days, the result being it will turn

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milder by day and also by night A breeze picking up, a westerly,

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something we have not seen much of this month. But there will not be a

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great deal of rain around. We did have rain today across the

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south-west, leaden skies in Bristol, not much of a sunset here, but the

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different North of the border. Fiery skies here and it is turning chilly,

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a frost in the Highlands. Underneath the clear skies. Across Southern

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parts of England into the Midlands and parts of Wales, more cloud.

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Patchy rain towards the South East. Heavy at at times along the South

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coast but temperatures do not fall much. Northern Wales and

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