30/09/2005

Nineteen women rescued in brothel raid

Nineteen women, who are believed to have been tricked into working as prostitutes, have been taken from a suspected brothel in Birmingham.

A special task force of female police officers raided the Cuddles massage parlour in Hagley Road, Birmingham on Thursday evening and took the women, most of whom are believed to be from Eastern Europe, from the premises.

Three people – a man and a woman, both aged 50, and a 22-year-old man, all from the West Midlands – were also arrested during the raid.

Police said that the women are believed to have been “tricked” into working in the sex industry. A spokesman said that the women were locked in the premises to work in the evenings and were kept locked in a house during the daytime. Their passports had also been taken from them.

Police also said that electric fences had been found at the rear of the property.

It is not known how many women are brought into the UK to work as prostitutes each year, although Home Office estimates place the figure at around 1,400.

(KMcA/SP)

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