Human trafficker used stun gun on enslaved man and made him sleep with dogs

A human trafficking boss kept a foreign worker with learning difficulties as a slave and disciplined him with a 30,000 volt stun gun while also making him sleep with dogs.

Janos Sztojka, 33, called himself "Johnny Boss" and forced the man, one of four Hungarians he smuggled into the UK, to sleep without a bed and use the garden as a bathroom.

Sztojka, who was jailed for six years on Tuesday, sneaked back into Britain after previously being deported before he smuggled the men into the country to work in a factory.

Leicester Crown Court heard Sztojka promised the men good pay but instead kept their wages or gave them a fraction of what they had earned while he "lived like a king".

The victim with learning difficulties was also shouted at or slapped if he refused to do chores.

The victim's horrifying two-year ordeal came to an end when police were alerted by partner agencies regarding exploitation of workers living in Leicestershire.

Sztojka was arrested in December last year following a large scale modern slavery investigation.

He admitted five counts of facilitating travel of a person with a view to exploitation, one count of requiring someone to perform forced or compulsory labour, one count of making or supplying articles for use in fraud and one count of being concerned in money laundering.

Sztojka, of Braunstone, Leics., also admitted possessing a prohibited item, namely a stun gun, and was jailed for six years at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court was told how concerns were initially raised by the factory company itself and by an employment agency.

Five victims were identified who had been flown over from Hungary to the UK for work.

Sztojka arranged for the men to work at the factory, making himself the point of contact for the men and to assist with translation.

He also set up accounts for the men to be paid into and placed them in accommodation.

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Sztojka, who was in the UK in contravention of a deportation order, was found to be using the money paid into the accounts to fund his own lifestyle.

He was also found to have set up bank accounts in the names of the victims and then used these accounts to carry out fraud including taking out loans or siphoning money.

Detective Constable Daljinder Gill, of Leicestershire Police, said: "This was a full team investigation involving a number of partner agencies working together following an allegation which had been made.

"The investigation had to be handled carefully and sensitively in order to ensure the victims of this offence were safeguarded and that the full scale of the crime which the defendant had committed could be proved.

"Thanks to the dedicated work of all of the team involved, Sztojka has had to admit his actions in court and his exploitation of vulnerable victims."

The detective constable then recognised the bravery and co-operation of the victims, saying they helped authorities "massively."

"Modern slavery unfortunately remains very much ongoing across the UK today," he added.

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