On 14 January, the Guardian reported that 3 victims of trafficking and modern slavery who were subcontracted to sort rubbish for the national waste and recycling company, Biffa Waste Services, are to launch legal proceedings to sue it for damages. The claimants, who spoke no English, were trafficked from Poland to the UK in 2014 and 2015 and were placed in work with Biffa, sorting rubbish on a conveyor belt, via an employment agency. Although they were paid for their work by the company, their wages were transferred into bank accounts that the organised crime group had opened in their names, and which they were unable to access. Solicitors acting for the 2 men and 1 woman said they received about £5 a week in cash for their work.
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