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Former Keighley officers fight to rescue people-trafficking victims
2:30pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in Keighley
Keighley’s former police commander and his team of ex-officers is spearheading the fight to rescue victims of people-trafficking and bring their captors to justice.
Former Chief Superintendent Allan Doherty – who used to head the Airedale and North Bradford police division – is now director of operations for the charity Hope for Justice, which has rescued nearly 150 trafficking victims in the UK in the past two years.
Mr Doherty said there was a large volume of trafficking going on in Bradford district and his team had rescued 20 people in the past two weeks alone.
In one recent case, a 45-year-old man – Kristian Holub – was given a three-month jail sentence after admitting a charge of requiring someone to perform forced or compulsory labour.
The court heard how three Czech nationals had come to the UK and lived with Holub and his family in Keighley, sleeping on the floor in grim conditions. The victim – Milan Tencik – was forced to work at a car wash in Manningham, Bradford, and the money he was paid was kept by Holub.
Mr Doherty said people were being forced to work 20-hour days, seven days a week, for as little as £5 a week, live in squalid housing conditions and eat “slop”.
“The traffickers rent a house and fill it with as many people as they can,” he said.
The victims are largely legal migrants from eastern European countries. Hope for Justice can be contacted on 0845 5197402.