Derbyshire police has had its first Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders granted at court to prevent a couple from bringing people into the country for exploitation.
At Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today, orders were granted against Martina Bartosova and Jan Sarissky.
Magistrates found that they had acted in a way that made the court believe there was a risk that they would commit a slavery or trafficking offence.
The order sets out 13 conditions, including banning the pair from arranging travel into or out of England for anyone other than immediate family or arranging employment for anyone other than immediate family.
They are also forbidden from opening a bank account for anyone, or possessing anyone’s bank card, unless they are an immediate family member.
Bartosova (35) and Sarissky (37), of Lyndhurst Street Derby, did not contest the orders.
Detective Inspector Carl Chetwyn, who leads the force’s Moderns Slavery Human Trafficking Unit, said: “Modern slavery is a key priority for the force. We work very closely with our partners, both in the UK and abroad, to tackle this type of crime.
“The orders imposed in this case are a means to prevent crime and safeguard potential victims from being exploited.
“The work reflects the determination of Derbyshire Constabulary and its partners to utilise and implement a wide range of powers to protect the vulnerable and stop modern slavery and human trafficking.
“It’s my hope the message from this case reaches witnesses or victims, who may feel nervous or afraid, and that it gives them the courage to speak out and ask for help.”
Officer in the case DC Eleanor Develin said: “We’re determined to do all we can to disrupt and prosecute the individuals and criminal networks involved in modern slavery and human trafficking and this case shows the range of tools we have at our disposal to do this.
“Bartosova and Sarissky will now be monitored by the team and our partners to identify any breaches of the order.”
For more information on how to spot the signs of modern slavery visit the Modern Slavery Helpline or call 08000 121 700.
You can also make reports to your local force or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.