GLAA order prevents Romanian couple from trafficking workers to UK

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has had its first Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (STROs) granted at court to prevent a Romanian couple from trafficking workers to the UK, the GLAA announced today.

Evidence collected as part of GLAA investigations indicated that workers were at risk of being exploited through debt bondage, cramped accommodation and the threat of physical violence from the couple. They were identified as Florin-Ciprian Dinu and Mihaela Dinu, who previously lived in Gladstone Street, Doncaster but have recently returned to Romania. 

Orders were granted against the pair on Wednesday [12 August 2020] at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court. The judge approved the GLAA’s application for the STROs, saying they were “proportionate and reasonable” and that there was a risk the defendants would otherwise commit a slavery or trafficking offence.

The Dinus were not present at court to contest the orders, which will be in place until further notice, the GLAA said.

The orders impose strict restrictions on the Dinus, stopping them from arranging travel or transport into the UK for anyone other than their immediate family. Other conditions include:

  • They cannot arrange employment for anyone other than themselves
  • Use anyone else’s bank card
  • Renting or sub-letting any property they have unless it is to an immediate family member.

Breaching the order is a criminal offence carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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