Author: Jamie Doward
Gedimanas Rekesius was sitting in a park sipping a coffee when he answered the question that made him a modern-day slave. “Are you working?,” the middle-aged man asked, as he joined Rekesius on a bench outside the Medical Academy hospital in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city.
Rekesius’s interrogator must have known the answer. It was the middle of the afternoon in chilly late April and Rekesius was missing four fingers from his right hand, the result of an accident while working in a sawmill. No, he was not working. “You go to England, I’ll get you a job and accommodation,” the man promised.