Pair to stand trial over slavery allegations

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TWO people accused of trafficking six Polish nationals who were allegedly kept as slaves have denied the charges.

Dawid Siwak and Rosa Urbanowicz will stand trial on six counts of holding a person in slavery or servitude 
at properties in Portsmouth and Chichester.

Siwak also denies six charges of arranging or facilitating trafficking of the six victims from Poland into the UK for exploitation.

The pair allegedly took control of the men’s finances, accommodation and employment against their will.

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

Siwak, 29, of Nelson Road, Southsea, pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges against him when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

Mum-of-two Urbanowicz, 33, of Chichester Road, North End, Portsmouth, who appeared jointly, denied the six charges she faces.

The pair were arrested during a police raid at Urbanowicz’s home.

They could each face up to 14 years in prison and a fine if convicted of the slavery charges.

Judge Roger Hetherington remanded Siwak and Urbanowicz in custody.

They are next due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on September 28.

Their trial, which could be transferred from Portsmouth to Winchester, is expected to last up to four weeks.