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Routine police stop leads to Birmingham human trafficking convictions

March 2, 2013, 2:31 pm

Three people have been convicted of human trafficking after they brought a Polish woman into the country for prostitution.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how the trios scheme was uncovered following a routine police stop on 6 April last year.

When their vehicle was found to be uninsured, Hubert Bacmaga, 27, Kamil Platek, 29 and Alicja Siwiak, 27, were arrested.

A search of their Granville Street home in Birmingham city centre later found a number of mobile phones and laptops linking them to human trafficking.

After finding documents that included Polish to English translations for use with clients, it became clear that all three had been involved in bringing a woman to the UK for prostitution.

A total of £11,500 was also seized from the address during the search.

Bacmaga was found guilty of human trafficking at Birmingham Crown Court the end of a trial on Wednesday (27 February), while Platek and Siwiak entered guilty pleas at an earlier hearing.

The woman who they brought into the country has since returned to Poland and was never found.

All three will be sentenced on Tuesday 19 March.

Detective Constable Laura Harrison, from Force CID, said: “Human trafficking is often a hidden crime which affects much of our community.

“In this case a routine stop and search resulted in officers gathering evidence in relation to a very serious offence.

“Following the sentencing, we will be pursuing confiscation proceedings to take possession of the large amount of cash found at their address.

“Investigating this type of crime can be challenging and we often rely on information provided to us by our communities to secure successful convictions.

“We would ask anyone with information about any suspicious activity to come forward and contact us.”

If you have any information about human trafficking or any other suspicious activity in your community, please call police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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