‘He was the master and we were his servants’: The men kept as ‘slaves’ in a remote Scottish hotel February 21, 2017
- A group of men from Bangladesh were trafficked to work at a Scottish hotel
- They were forced to work long hours and not paid promised wages
- Their trafficker was convicted and jailed
The snow-capped mountains in Appin, West Scotland, are a hiker’s paradise. They attract hundreds of tourists every year and up until a couple of years ago, many would have stayed at the 37-bedroom Stewart Hotel.
It now lies in ruins and its former owner Shamsul Arefin is serving a three-year prison sentence for the labor trafficking of a group of men from Bangladesh.
Among the victims was Abdul Azad. He was a chef in his family’s business back home in Dhaka, when was attracted by an advert in the local paper advertising chef work in the UK.
‘Master and servants’
‘I wanted a better life’
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- Scottish hotel owner trafficked four men from Bangladesh Daily Mail
- A slave in Scotland: ‘I fell into a trap – and I couldn’t get out’ Guardian-28 May 2016
- Hell in Highlands The Daily Star-29 May 2016
- Hotel owner Shamsul Arefin jailed for trafficking workers BBC News-24 Jul 2015
- Former owner of Appin’s Stewart Hotel gets three years for trafficking 24 Jul 2015