Eight arrested as part of major human trafficking operation

19/4/2017 Police have today (Wednesday, April 19th) arrested 8 people as part of an investigation into human trafficking spanning across the country.

The seven men and one woman were arrested following a series of early morning raids at addresses in Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool in Lancashire, Gateshead in Northumbria and Evesham, near Worcester.

They have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to traffic for sexual exploitation and conspiring to incite prostitution.

They are all currently in custody.

Eight women were found inside the addresses and were suspected of being trafficked to the UK from Romania for the purposes of prostitution. Safeguarding and welfare issues are being addressed,

The arrests, one of the biggest operations of its kind in the country, follow a long running proactive investigation led by Lancashire Constabulary’s human trafficking and modern slavery team Op Proteus, a dedicated team working to identify both the victims and perpetrators of trafficking and slavery across Lancashire.

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UK slavery reports ‘have doubled’

4/4/17  The number of people reported as potential victims of slavery and human trafficking in the UK has more than doubled in the past three years.

Statistics released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) show there were 3,805 people referred for help in 2016 – up from 1,745 people in 2013.

Recent Home Office estimates suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Home Office minister Sarah Newton said the government was taking action.

Albanian, UK and Vietnamese nationals are the most commonly reported victims of modern slavery.

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