26/05/2017

Four Victims Of Human Trafficking Rescued In Belfast And Banbridge

Four female victims of human trafficking have been rescued by police in Belfast and Banbridge.

Two men were arrested following operations in east Belfast and Banbridge on Thursday, 25 May.
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Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bell said: "The two men aged 20 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution and money laundering and are currently assisting us with our enquiries. The arrests are part of an extensive investigation into an organised criminal gang with eastern European links. The searches were carried out at properties on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast and at Kenlis Street in Banbridge on Thursday.

"The 20 year old man was arrested in Belfast where one woman was rescued. The other man was detained in Banbridge and three women were rescued from that property."

A further search was conducted in London by the Metropolitan Police, however no further victims were located.

(CD/LM)

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