25/1/16 Two Lithuanian men have been found guilty of trafficking two of their fellow countrymen, taking all but £20 of the wages they received over several months for working in food factories that supply many leading supermarkets.
The victims, Edvinas and Edgarus Subatkis, were found still wearing the same clothes in which they had made their journey to Britain. They had also lost weight dramatically since leaving Lithuania – about 15kg (2st 4lbs) in the case of Edvinas.
Fellow Lithuanians Linus Ratautas and Konstantin Sasmurin introduced the twins to recruitment firms, where Ratautas helped them fill in registration forms with his own bank details.
Payment for the work the Subatkis brothers undertook was deposited directly into Ratautas’s bank account. The twins were given just £20 over the four-month period they worked and a small amount of food each week: bread, margarine, onions, ketchup, and occasionally a little mince.