Gregory Perrins and Jacob Edwards in second successful 'Gangmaster' prosecution

16 September 2016

Further to their success in a previous matter involving illegal gangmasters (R v Valujevs and others, click here for report), Gregory Perrins and Jacob Edwards recently secured the conviction of brothers Stanislovas Dambrauskas, 38, and Andrius Dambrauskas, 34, who pleaded guilty to operating as gangmasters to the food and agriculture sector without a licence.

The men had lured worked from eastern Europe with the promise of well paid agricultural work. They supplied up to one hundred workers at a time to other labour agencies and collected rent from the workers for overcrowded accommodation they illegally sublet in Wisbech, often placing nine workers in three-bedroomed houses. Their workers were recruited via agents in Lithuania who charged fees for work, which is illegal in the UK. Those signing up were warned not to tell anyone what they were doing or they would be fined. When they arrived in London, they were collected and taken by minibus to Wisbech where they were placed in cramped houses and charged £60 a week to share a room. 

In some cases the workers salaries were paid directly to the defendants who deducted huge 'rent' payments as well as transport costs from the workers, passing back a fraction of their salary net of 'costs'.  The workers were recruited via agents in Lithuania who charged fees for work, which is illegal in the UK. Those signing up were warned not to tell anyone what they were doing or they would be fined, the court heard. When they arrived in London, they were collected and taken by minibus to Wisbech where they were placed in cramped houses and charged £60 a week to share a room. The defendants were sentenced to two years by HHJ Hawkesworth who said the two men had "abused the hopes of other migrants travelling from Lithuania by promising pay far in excess of what they could expect to earn in the UK." For more information and press reports, see below. 

1. Guardian

2. Fenland Citizen