On 30th October 2017, at Nottingham Crown Court, Edward Zielinski, a Polish traveller, was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment for two offences of modern slavery to which he had pleaded guilty after legal argument at an earlier hearing. The case involved the cynical exploitation of two vulnerable Polish men, neither of whom spoke English. It was a sensitive and difficult case factually and legally and it involved the use of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and earlier legislation.
The case was prosecuted by Gordon Aspden who, together with fellow members of chambers Alex Young and Chris Canning, has built up a particular expertise in advising upon and dealing with cases of this type.
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