'Members of a gang behind the biggest modern-day slavery network ever exposed in the UK have been jailed.
Police believe more than 400 victims were put to work in the West Midlands by the organised crime gang.
They tricked vulnerable people from Poland into England with the promise of work and a better life.
But their victims were made to live in rat-infested houses and work menial jobs, it can now be reported after reporting restrictions were lifted.
Eight offenders, who police say are members and associates of two Polish crime families, have been jailed after being convicted in two separate trials of crimes including trafficking, conspiracy to require another to perform forced labour and money laundering.
Their sentences range from three to 11 years.
The network collapsed when two victims fled their captors in 2015 and told slavery charity Hope for Justice of their ordeal.
The group of five men and three women targeted the most desperate from their homeland, including the homeless, ex-prisoners and alcoholics.
They were transported to the UK by bus, but when they arrived they were housed in squalid homes around West Bromwich, Smethwick and Walsall, forced to sleep up to four in a room on filthy mattresses and had their wages "farmed" from bank accounts on payday.
One victim said he had to wash in a canal because he had no access to water.
The slaves were made to work long days at rubbish recycling centres, farms and turkey-gutting factories and given as little as £20 a week by their captors.
But they were marched to banks and made to open accounts the gang had complete control over.'
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