An extensive police investigation of tax and accounting fraud in the construction business, which led to the arrests of nine people last week, is now focusing on human trafficking as well.
Five of those nine will be detained through tomorrow night, one of them a female, RÚV reports. All have been interrogated by police since their arrest.
Fréttatíminn reported Friday that police are now investigating whether the suspects may be guilty of human trafficking as well. The living conditions of some of the workers, who are from Eastern Europe, were reportedly shocking: electrical wiring out of order, as well as heat and toilet facilities.
Two construction companies are at the center of the investigation. One of them got a warning from the Reykjavík Public Health Authority in 2006 for letting ten Polish workers remove asbestos sheeting without wearing masks or any protective gear. The owner of the company has previously been sentenced for tax evasion and he has been suspected of being connected to a human trafficking case.