Jonatan Majewski: Human trafficker who kept illegal Polish migrants in virtual slavery jailed

Jonatan Majewski recruited the four Poles in Poznan (Met Police handout)

Jonatan Majewski recruited the four Poles in Poznan (Met Police handout)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A man who trafficked four vulnerable Polish nationals into the UK and forced them to endure virtual slavery has been jailed for 18 months.

Jonatan Majewksi, 26, gave the four Poles rations of bread and soup, subjected them to 12-hour working days and withheld almost all their wages.

Majewski of Woodville Road in Hackney, pleaded guilty to one count of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. He was sentenced on Tuesday (September 26) at Wood Green Crown Court.

His father, 56-year-old Marek Majewski, also of Woodville Road in Hackney, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and was given a 12-month custodial sentence.

In January 2016, Jonatan Majewski recruited four Polish nationals aged in their twenties in Poznan, western Poland and transported them to the UK, deceiving them with the promise of good jobs and excellent wages.

The four victims - three men and one woman - arrived in the UK on January 8, 2016 and were housed at an address in Woodville Road, with all four sleeping on the floor in one small bedroom.

They were given their basic rations and sent out to work at a commercial laundry in Essex, where they were forced to work over 12 hours a day, six days a week.

At the end of each week, Jonatan Majewski demanded that the victims hand over their wages to him – claiming this was for travel and accommodation expenses – leaving the victims with just a few pounds each, police said,

After three weeks, the victims desperately sought help from colleagues at the laundry and from police.

Officers from the Met’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit executed a search warrant at the property in Woodville Road on January 31, 2016. Jonatan Majewski was subsequently arrested and charged with one offence under Section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

On September 26, 2017 he was given an 18-month custodial sentence at Wood Green Crown Court and issued with a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order (STPO) to prevent him from committing similar offences in the future.

DC James Greenaway, of the Met's Trafficking and Kidnap Unit, said: “Jonatan Majewski cynically exploited his victims for financial gain. He deceived them with the promise of a better life, offering a job with a regular wage, which was higher than they could earn in Poland. In reality they were made to work very long hours and had the majority of their wages withheld.”

Anyone who is a victim, or suspects somebody may be a victim of modern slavery is advised contact police on 101 in a non-emergency, or 999 in an emergency. They can also contact the Modern Slavery Helpline 0800 0121 700 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.