Worthing care home couple’s trial for human trafficking

A COUPLE illegally recruited and exploited untrained immigrant workers who cared for vulnerable elderly people at two Worthing care homes, a court heard.

The trial of Anbanaden Chellapermal, 61, and his wife Shamila Seenyen-Chellapermal, 56, began at Chichester Crown Court yesterday.

The couple are charged with seven human trafficking and immigration offences at care homes Glen Eden, in Richmond Road, and Carleton House, in St Lawrence Avenue, between November, 2007, and July, 2008.

David Scutt, prosecuting, said the couple were part of an international trafficking network which lured poor Mauritian workers to the country with the promise of wages four times what they could earn at home.