Two India-born men in Finland have been jailed for allegedly forcing an Indian to work without pay in that country for more than a year.
The two men are suspected to be involved in illegal human trafficking.
Marko Jokela, head of a team investigating the case, said the suspected victim was illegally brought from Delhi to Finland in 2005.
The Finnish border guards suspect the involvement of a criminal organisation, which arranged for the Indian man to get a visa by giving false details.
The Indian victim said he had paid 17,500 euros to the two accused and that, according to their instructions, he applied for political asylum in Finland under a false name, the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper reported.
"He had been promised work, and earnings of 1,100-1,200 euros a month in Finland but he was never paid," Jokela said. The alleged abuse began in June 2005 and continued until late March this year.
The man worked for 10 to 12 hours a day after the two suspects allegedly took away the victim's passport.
"Our investigation is only just beginning," Jokela said.