He smuggled men from Hungary to the United Kingdom and kept one of them as a slave.
Some Hungarians think they are still living in the middle ages, where keeping slaves was not only acceptable but a sign of wealthiness. Some days ago, DNH reported on a Hungarian man who held a mother and her child captive in a small wooden hut in Budapest.
A very similar crime happened in the United Kingdom, where both the perpetrator and the victims were Hungarian.
The 33-year-old János Sztojka from Braunstone in Leicestershire is charged with human trafficking and holding a Hungarian man captive as his slave.
He was exceptionally cruel to his 31-year-old victim, whom he disciplined with a stun gun apart from making the man sleep next to his dogs.
The poor man with learning difficulties was his slave for two years.
Sztojka made his victim work at a food production factory on top of forcing him to carry out household chores.
He then took away all the money his victim earned, so he could “live like a king”, spending the salary on four other men he trafficked from Hungary.
He offered well-paid jobs to all these men who spoke little English, but in the end, he controlled all their finances and escorted them to and from the factory. They were only given a fraction of what they earned, writes dailymail.co.uk.
The 31-year-old man, who Sztojka let live in his home, was treated dreadfully. He was never allowed to leave the house and was paid in food and cigarettes, and sometimes not even that.
“If he refused to do something, he would be shouted at and slapped on the face, leaving him scared, stressed, and nervous”, said the Prosecutor.
He was even threatened and humiliated with a prohibited stun gun on several occasions.
The perpetrator had previously been convicted for burglary and money laundering and was even deported from the UK in 2017. Soon after, he managed to get back into the country and start this little business of his.
The victims’ terrible situation was discovered when the factory’s management and the employment agency became concerned about the five Hungarian employees. That is how the investigation started.
The four other victims had more luck. The police brought light to their horrible living circumstances four months after they entered the country.
Sztojka is about to face proceeds of crime confiscation hearing later in the year, with the possibility to seize any assets and compensating the victims.
Source: dailymail.co.uk, leics.police.uk