EXCLUSIVE: Man found hanged in Batley was victim of human trafficking

Dark Lane in Batley. (D531G444)
Dark Lane in Batley. (D531G444)

A man was driven to suicide after he became ensnared in a human trafficking operation.

An inquest heard this week how Hungarian-born Viktor Fejes, 28, hanged himself from a tree in Batley after being put to work in local bed warehouses by a brutal gangmaster.

Deputy Coroner Dominic Bell said: “It is an exceptionally sad story where someone has moved to Britain to find a better life.

“And the tale of exploitation is hardly edifying.”

The gangmaster, Janos Orsos, was jailed for five years in May for his role in a human trafficking operation in Kirklees.

Meanwhile, separate charges have been brought against three Batley men as part of an ongoing investigation into human trafficking throughout our district.

See this week’s paper for the full story.