Two men who were convicted of human trafficking have been ordered to pay back more than £100,000 worth of profits that they shamefully made from their victims. 

Robert McPhee, 70, and his son-in-law John Miller, 40, were jailed for 17 years in 2018 after they were found guilty of a string of offences. 

The pair were both convicted of abducting and holding workers in servitude, as well as a number of violent offences that spanned across a timeline of decades. 

A confiscation hearing held at the High Court in Edinburgh today estimated that the pair wrongfully benefited from around £220,000 with their involvement in human trafficking. 

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Of that total, orders were made at £104,209 with £13,533 of that to be paid to their victims as compensation. The remainder will go to Cashback for Communities. 

The value of the order reflects the amount available at the time the order is made but allows the Crown to recoup more money in the future.

Jennifer Harrower, procurator fiscal for specialist casework, said: “The vulnerable men who were targeted and exploited were promised paid work, free food and board but McPhee and Miller did nothing but profit from their abuse.

“A proportion of the money recovered from McPhee and Miller will be paid to the victims, which it’s hoped will go some way to repairing the damage done to the workers.

“The Crown’s role does not stop at prosecution.

"Even after a conviction is secured, we will use the Proceeds of Crime legislation to confiscate funds from those who do not deserve them.”