Modern Slavery Act offenders to appear at Sheffield Crown Court

Four Sheffield residents have been charged with slavery offences following an extensive police operation.

Arrests took place during the early hours of Wednesday morning following collaboration between South Yorkshire Police and staff from the Department for Work and Pensions to track down offenders of the Modern Slavery Act.

Jan Skop, 44, and Lydia Skopova, 35, both of Kirton Road, Sheffield, have each been charged with nine offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Fraud Act and Identity Documents Act.

The offences took place between August 2015 and February 2017.

They are due to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 31 May after they were remanded in custody.

Amjid Hussain, 52, of Nottingham Street, will appear at the same court on Tuesday 5 June after he was charged with three offences under the Act.

Shafiq Uddin, 39, of Pye Bank Road, Sheffield, has also been charged with four offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Fraud Act, and will appear before the Crown on the same day as Hussain.

A 39-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, has been released under investigation.

Any concerns regarding possible human trafficking or modern slavery offences should call 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.