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Police raids target suspected Romanian prostitution gang

Postby admin » 19 Apr 2017, 20:51

A suspected human trafficker was seized by police in Gateshead in an early morning raid today. The raid was one of a series which took place across the country in an effort to crack down on a Romanian crime gang, thought to be smuggling women into the country for the purposes of prostitution.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Watt Street, Bensham, Gateshead on suspicion of conspiring to traffick for sexual exploitation and conspiring to incite prostitution, as part of an operation by Lancashire Police, working with Northumbria Police officers.

Across the country a further seven arrests were made, with six men and one woman taken from addresses in Blackburn, Preston and Blackpool, in Lancashire, as well as Evesham, near Worcester. All seven are currently in custody, on suspicion of the same charge.

Eight women, who are suspected of being trafficked from Romania to be used as prostitutes, were discovered during the raids. Lancashire Police force says the women’s “safeguarding and welfare issues” are being addressed.

Officers say the arrests come as part of a long-running investigation by Lancashire Police’s human trafficking and modern slavery team, Op Proteus, into a Romanian organised crime group.

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