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Man arrested in major human trafficking probe

Published 29/07/2015

The man was arrested in Belfast following the
The man was arrested in Belfast following the "rescue" of human trafficking victims last week

A 39-year-old man has been arrested as part of a major human trafficking investigation.

The suspect was detained in Belfast and is being quizzed by specialist detectives about human trafficking, labour exploitation, gang master offences and money laundering.

The arrest follows the "rescue" of five human trafficking victims in the city last week.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) Human Trafficking Unit worked with colleagues in HM Revenue and Customs, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the Health and Safety Executive and local PSNI officers to carry out the rescue operation.

Sixteen other men and women aged between 18 and 45 believed to have been trafficked from Eastern Europe were also from agricultural premises in south Armagh during a separate raid.

The victims are being cared for by Migrant Help and Women's Aid as part of the Department of Justice's human trafficking support network.

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