Four men have all been jailed for their role in organised criminal activity, which included facilitating the travel of individuals around the UK.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday 4th November, Latvian nationals Hardijs Langsteins (37), Maris Kursis (30), Aivars Dzagarjan (28) and Arvids Civkors (30) were all sentenced to four years and 11 months in prison.
Speaking following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Healy said: "We are pleased with the convictions and custodial sentences for members of this crime group, who exploited vulnerable victims for financial gain.
"We hope that the custodial sentences will send a clear message that dissuades others from becoming involved in this type of organised crime, while also providing confidence for other victims to come forward.
"Our communities can rest assured that in cases like this we work closely with Crown Office and are strongly supported by other partner agencies, who are all committed to bringing those responsible for such offences to justice, whilst providing victims with all the necessary support and assistance they may require."