Father and son who paid their employees than 50p an hour must pay back £80,000

 A father and son who flaunted their luxury cars and expensive jewellery while their enslaved employees were paid less than 50p an hour have been ordered to pay back almost £80,000.  

Petr Makula and his son Mario brought in homeless and alcoholic men from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the UK with the promise of a better life.

They were keeping 19 slaves at a time in a four-bedroom home in Dover, Kent and paying them £5 a week. 

The house had limited access to central heating or hot water and its inhabitants were given virtually no money to spend, with one worker estimated to be on a living wage of less than 50p an hour. 

Mario Makula is pictured posing with an Audi while the employees were paid £5 a week

Mario Makula is pictured posing with an Audi while the employees were paid £5 a week

The Czech pair set up their own recruitment agency to provide workers to a tile factory in nearby Lydd and a hand car wash, but pocketed the lion's share of the wages themselves. 

Many of the victims were vulnerable and living on the streets when they were targeted and taken advantage of stretching back to 2007. 

 Petr, 50 told his victims he couldn't pay them because his business was in trouble - but is thought to have made around £1million from the trafficking plot.  

Son Mario was pictured in expensive jewellery on social media and driving around in supercars, while his father enjoyed lavish trips to Dubai.    

Meanwhile the exploited men worked up to 36 hours straight and were not given days off, sometimes for years on end.  

Petr Makula said he could not afford to pay his workers because his business was in trouble but was pictured enjoying his holiday in Dubai

Petr Makula said he could not afford to pay his workers because his business was in trouble but was pictured enjoying his holiday in Dubai

Petr Makula said  he could not afford to pay his workers because his business was in trouble but was pictured enjoying his holiday in Dubai

They also had to share a food budget of just £100 a week which would only stretch to one basic meal per day that usually consisted of pasta or potatoes with sauce.

 The cost of accommodation was also taken out of their wages, with the living wage of one worker calculated as being less than 50p an hour.    

Anyone who spoke out against the conditions was beaten or humiliated by the older man, prosecutors said. 

The pair were jailed in July last year after being found guilty of multiple offences relating to human trafficking and modern slavery.

Petr was sentenced to eight and a half years while Mario was jailed for four and a half years.

A judge at Canterbury Crown Court, Kent has now ordered £73,608 is confiscated from Mario and a further £4,739 from Mario.

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