Sports Direct slavery brothers subject to new restrictions

Erwin and Krystian Markowski Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Erwin and Krystian Markowski were sentenced to six years in prison in January for modern slavery

Two brothers jailed for modern slavery offences have been made the subject of a new court order in a bid to further protect their victims.

Erwin and Krystian Markowski, from Nottingham, recruited men from Poland to work at a Sports Direct warehouse.

Under the rules of the directive, the pair will have to disclose their bank details to police and are forbidden from carrying more than £500 in cash.

The order, granted earlier this month, will run for 10 years.

The brothers, who were jailed for six years in January, will no longer be able to contact their previous victims for the duration of the 10-year order.

Nottinghamshire Police said it was the first time it had applied for a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order, under the Modern Slavery Act.

If the brothers breach any of these restrictions they could be given a further prison term of up to five years.

Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order

  • The order, which was finalised on 8 March, will run for 10 years
  • Erwin and Krystian Markowski cannot contact their previous victims for the duration of the order
  • The brothers can also not be involved in multi-occupancy accommodation or arranging to transport people into or within the UK
  • Nottinghamshire Police's chief constable must be informed of their addresses, mobile phone details and bank accounts
  • The pair are not allowed to carry more than £500 in cash
  • Their telephone numbers must not be associated with any registered accounts at an employment agency as the main contact

Source: Nottinghamshire Police

Erwin, 38, of Cedar Road, and Krystian, 35, of Harcourt Road, Nottingham, brought the men from Poland to work at Sports Direct's warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

A court heard earlier this year how they controlled their victims' bank accounts and kept most of their wages, totalling £35,000, between 2015 and 2016.

The brothers were also given a two-and-a-half year sentence for fraud to run at the same time as the six years.

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Image caption Eighteen vulnerable men were recruited in Poland and sent to the Sport Direct's warehouse in Derbyshire

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