Inside the UK’s House of Horrors where a cruel couple kept 10 slaves locked away

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A couple who ran a human trafficking and modern slavery operation have been jailed for a total of 25 years.

But it was the Bristol-based prison-like hellhole where they forced 10 innocent people to live that sent shockwaves around the world.

Maros Tancos and Joanna Gomulska, both 46, for Slovaks to work at the downtown car wash.

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They lured their victims with a promise of food, transport and shelter, as well as a “better life” in the UK.

However, when they arrived, the situation was very different, reports The Mirror.

The couple kept half of people’s wages, while the other half was used for food and living expenses. And they were forced to live in abject poverty while working for free.

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They were forced to sleep in small rooms with dirty beds and sheets.

Upon arrival, they also had all identification and communication devices removed, returning them only when needed for national insurance or bank account purposes.

People have been forced to stay in what looks like a tiny converted attic with three double beds, no storage and graffiti on the walls.

They were also forced to sleep on dirty mattresses and sheets.

Another room had equally filthy bunk beds, while the kitchen looks like something out of a horror movie.



Joanna Gomulska and Maros Tancos will now spend around 25 years in prison in total
Joanna Gomulska and Maros Tancos will now spend around 25 years in prison in total

An image from the National Crime Agency shows an old-school hob and oven laden with mold and grease, while the exterior of the building would not look out of place in a zombie apocalypse movie.

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And after finishing a shift at the cheap car wash, they were then sent on evening work to catch chickens, pack milk or sort parcels.

NCA investigators found that Tancos and Gomulska failed to pay a minimum of £923,835 in wages, and they also transferred around £300,000 from their victims’ accounts earned while working at other jobs.



Property looks like something out of a zombie horror movie
Property looks like something out of a zombie horror movie

The couple spent the money on living expenses, gambling online or in casinos and used cars.

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Victims said Tancos would be violent towards them, with some describing being threatened or beaten.

Tancos was sentenced to 16 years in prison, while Gomulska received nine.

NCA Branch Commander Colin Williams said: “Our investigation has put these two cruel abusers behind bars for a long time. The vulnerable victims of Tancos and Gomulska were held and treated with utter contempt, despite promises of a better life in the UK.



They were forced to work for free in a car wash during the day
They were forced to work for free in a car wash during the day

“The testimonies of the victims showed the mental and physical scars they still carry from their treatment by the couple.

“Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is a top priority for the NCA, and we hope this outcome brings some closure to victims.”

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