Claire Matthews, leading Stephen Mather, secure convictions in people trafficking trial

13 February 2019

Claire Matthews and Stephen Mather successfully concluded a three week trial on behalf of the prosecution at Cambridge Crown Court earlier this week. The case concerned Maria Slavikova and Roman Slavik, who were charged in relation to offences which are alleged to have taken place in Peterborough between 2008 and 2016.

Slavikova was charged with two counts of facilitating travel of a person within the United Kingdom for exploitation, two counts of intentionally arranging/facilitating travel within the UK or another country of a person with a view to their exploitation, two counts of forcing labour and two counts of fraud by abuse of position. Slavik was charged with two counts of facilitating travel of a person within the United Kingdom for exploitation, two counts of intentionally facilitating travel within the UK or another country of a person with a view to their exploitation, two counts of forcing labour, two counts of fraud by abuse of position and one count of assisting illegal entry. Both were convicted of trafficking for exploitation, frauds spanning 8 years involving two victims, and arranging a sham marriage. Sentencing was adjourned to 8th March. For more information see press links below:

  1. Wisbech Standard
  2. Peterborough Today
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