Fishponds man charged with modern slavery offences after car wash investigation
POLICE have charged a man living in Fishponds with 12 offences relating to human trafficking.
Maros Tancos, of Thingwall Park, above, was arrested in Bristol on Tuesday as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the suspected exploitation of migrant workers at car washes and in labouring jobs.
The 43-year-old Slovakian national was due to appear before Bristol Magistrates today.
He has been charged with 12 offences under the Modern Slavery Act: six counts of holding someone in servitude and a further six of subjecting someone to forced or compulsory labour.
A 44-year-old Polish woman who was also arrested on Tuesday has been released on bail.
An NCA spokesperson said: "The arrests follow a two-year NCA investigation into the suspected exploitation of dozens of predominantly Slovak migrants, who would be transported to the UK and then put to work in labouring jobs or car washes."
The agency has appealed for anyone with suspicions about activity that might involve exploitation to call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or the police on 101.