Harjit Bariana forced victims to work for free and encouraged their addiction to drugs and alcohol

The owner of fast food shops in the north-east has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for modern slavery offences, after he was found to have forced vulnerable people to work for him in return for accommodation and food scraps.

Harjit Bariana, 46, housed people described as being “at a low ebb” in properties he owned in central Blyth, Northumberland. He forced them to work at his businesses in Blyth and Sunderland for free, often in poor conditions, and supplied them with alcohol and drugs.

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