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A Romanian man who offered his countrymen the dream of a better life in the UK, only to enslave them using threats and violence, is facing jail.
David Lupu, 29, lured a group of Romanian nationals to Britain with the promise of work for £50 a day and accommodation included.
But, Lupu exploited the workers, only paying them a fraction of the wages they were expecting to receive, confiscating their ID papers and cramming them into a one bedroom flat in Leyton.
He was convicted of multiple offences of holding a person in slavery or servitude on Thursday, after a trial at Inner London Crown Court.
Seven Romanian men described being offered the jobs in July last year, but found themselves forced to share the tiny flat with up to 14 other people once they arrived.
The men slept wherever they could in the kitchen, bedroom, a hallway and a storage cupboard, sometimes on mattresses they had found in the street, while Lupu himself enjoyed spacious conditions in an upstairs flat of his own.
By Frank Hovis
This was a WTF moment; speaking as someone who received their first wages as notes and coins in a small brown envelope.
If you sign up to work for Tesco now for their temporary Christmas work you don't have the option of receiving the money into your bank account. Instead it goes as credits onto something called a Tuxedo card.
This is heading back to the nineteenth century mine owner paying miners in their own minted currency that can only be spent in their shop.
Needless to say it comes with fees including 1.5% to take money out through a cashpoint.
Welcome to your future proles.
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