People traffickers jailed after exploiting vulnerable and homeless people

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A gang of human traffickers, including six members of the same family, have been jailed for more than 24 years’ for trafficking and exploiting vulnerable and homeless people.

Between 2007 and 2013, members of the Cisar family coaxed a number of Slovakian men and women to travel to the north of England with the promise of better work and better lives. Several of the victims were homeless when they were lured to Leeds for work.

The Cisar family, along with Aurunngzeb Naseem and Mohammed Naseem, exploited the victims when they arrived, making them renovate and clean properties in return for pitiful wages – in one case, around £4 a day.

When the victims arrived, bank accounts were set up for them but they were forced to hand over account details, cards and PIN codes. The gang would then keep their wages for themselves, while also claiming benefits in their victims’ names.

One victim was paid just £3,000 for work over a three to four year period.

They were convicted on 17 August following a ten week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

David Holderness from the CPS said: “These victims were promised a better life in England with safety, security, and decent wages. Instead they found themselves living in a nightmare, being forced to work for next to nothing, and housed in very poor conditions while others exploited them without a single thought for their wellbeing.

“Exploitation was a lucrative family business for the Cisars. They lived comfortably off the forced labour of others, who they deliberately targeted knowing their victims were desperate to improve their lives.

“The victims were lured to this country, isolated by their inability to speak English, and intimidated into becoming a source of cheap labour. The CPS is immensely grateful for their support of this prosecution as without their testimony, both in person and by video evidence, today’s convictions would not be possible.”

Notes to editors

  • David Holderness is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.

The defendants were convicted as follows:

  • Frantisek CISAR (24/1/81) was convicted of six counts of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation, and one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel to the UK for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for nine years.  
  • Buhuslava CISAROVA (Jnr) (31/7/85) was convicted of six counts of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation, and one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel to the UK for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for three years.
  • Arpad JUNO (7/5/77) was convicted of six counts of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation, and one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel to the UK for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for four years and six months.
  • Jan CISAR (22/4/56) was convicted of one count of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation, and one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel to the UK for the purposes of exploitation and was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years with a curfew for six months.
  • Bohuslava CISAROVA (Snr) (24/5/58) was convicted of one count of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation, and one count of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel to the UK for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for two years.
  • Marcel CISAR (30/4/84) was convicted of two counts of arranging or facilitating the arrival into the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation and one count of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for 15 months.
  • Aurunngzeb NASEEM (18/11/74) was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for three years and six months.
  • Mohammed NASEEM (7/12/58) was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel within the UK of another for the purposes of exploitation and was jailed for 18 months.

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