A MIGRANT worker who was allegedly exploited and physically assaulted has told a jury that a Huddersfield family did their best to help her live a better life.
The prosecution claim that Polish woman Katarzyna Bluhm was trafficked for exploitation by 47-year-old Wojciech Cwikla, but a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that she was welcomed into his family’s home when she arrived in June 2008.
During cross-examination by Cwikla’s barrister Yunus Valli, Ms Bluhm said that the Cwikla family agreed to let her and her then boyfriend stay at their Alder Street home.
Mr Valli said Ms Bluhm shared the family’s food and joined in when they had visitors or parties.
But the mother-of-two also maintained that Wojciech Cwikla took most of her wages after she got work at a food firm in Liversedge.
The jury has heard allegations that Cwikla, his wife Barbara Markowska, 42, and his son Robert, 26, were all involved trafficking Ms Bluhm for exploitation.
The trial continues.