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Plymouth slavery trial halted 'for legal reasons'

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Image caption Victims were brought to Plymouth from the Czech Republic, the court has heard

The trial of five people accused of human trafficking offences has been halted.

Two men and three women are charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation - which they all deny.

The judge at Plymouth Crown Court discharged the jury "for legal reasons".

The court previously heard the victims were brought to Plymouth from the Czech Republic.

The defendants are:

  • Ruzena Tancosova, 34, of Union Street - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation, requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and acting as a gangmaster
  • Petr Tancos, 35, of Ford Park Road - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation, requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour
  • Nela Dzurkova, 26, of Ford Park Road - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation
  • Martin Tancos, 35, of Saltash Road - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation and acting as a gangmaster
  • Katerina Kurejova, 35, of Saltash Road - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation

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