Two appear in court over trafficking and slavery

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TWO people have been remanded in custody over the suspected trafficking of six Polish nationals who were allegedly kept as slaves.

Dawid Siwak and Rosa Urbanowicz each face six counts of holding a person in slavery or servitude at addresses in Portsmouth and Chichester.

The pair are accused of taking control of the men’s finances, accommodation and employment against their will.

Siwak and Urbanowicz are jointly charged under section 71 of the Coroners Act 2009 which creates an offence holding someone in slavery or servitude, or requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Siwak is also accused of trafficking the six victims from Poland into the UK for exploitation.

He is charged with six counts under the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 which creates an offence of arranging or facilitating the arrival in the UK of an individual intending to exploit that person in the UK or elsewhere.

All of the offences are alleged to have taken place between March last year and May 9.

Siwak, 29, and mum-of-two Urbanowicz, 33, were arrested during a police raid at a property in Chichester Road, North End, Portsmouth.

Siwak, of Nelson Road, Southsea, and Urbanowicz, of Chichester Road, North End, Portsmouth, did not enter any pleas to the charges.

District Judge Anne Arnold remanded them in custody until later this month when the case is due to be sent to Portsmouth Crown Court.

The pair could face up to 14 years in prison and a fine if convicted in the crown court of the slavery charges.