Police Scotland operation sees 24 arrests over human trafficking

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A complete of 8 houses had been searched

A complete of 24 arrests were made after a Police Scotland-led operation focused on human trafficking.

Raids had been performed at 4 premises in Aberdeen and Glasgow, 5 in England and 23 in Romania.

Ten folks had been arrested in the United Kingdom in reference to offences associated with critical and organised crime and human trafficking, with the remainder 14 being held via Romanian police.

Numerous doable trafficking sufferers had been additionally discovered.

The cross-border operation was once performed within the early hours of Wednesday.

Officials from Police Scotland’s Nationwide Human Trafficking Unit labored with the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) and Romanian Police’s Directorate for Countering Arranged Crime / Trafficking in Human Beings Division.

‘No position in Scotland’

Officials from Leicestershire, West Midlands and Northamptonshire police forces had been additionally concerned.

The premises focused in England had been in Leicester, Coventry and Northampton.

Det Insp Adrian Wallis, who led the operation, stated it adopted a “long investigation”.

He stated: “The arrests are the results of operating carefully with our companions within the NCA and officials in Romania during the last 12 months, to spot the ones concerned on this exploitation.

“The investigation is not over but, on the other hand, nowadays’s motion will have to ship an overly transparent message: trafficking may not be tolerated, and we can proceed to paintings with companions, nationally and the world over, to spot the ones keen on slavery and exploitation and to carry them to justice.”

Det Supt Fil Capaldi, head of Police Scotland’s Nationwide Human Trafficking Unit, added: “Human trafficking, exploitation and fashionable slavery has no position in Scotland.”

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