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Three women rescued in PSNI trafficking raid

By Claire Williamson

Three young women who are believed to have been the victims of trafficking have been rescued from a house in Bangor.

Two men aged 38 and 24 were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences linked to suspected people trafficking and prostitution.

They were held following a search at a house in the Holborn Court area.

The officer leading the operation, Detective Inspector Harry Colgan, said yesterday: "The arrests follow a proactive police search at a house in the Holborn Court area of Bangor earlier today. Three women in their twenties, who we believe may have been trafficked into Northern Ireland, have been taken from the property to a place of safety and they will be interviewed in due course by specially trained officers and provided with all of the support they may require."

The men were taken to a local police station for questioning and later released unconditionally.

The 38-year-old man has been transferred into the custody of UK Border Agencies in connection with suspected immigration offences.

The discovery comes as two men appeared in court after 20 potential victims of human trafficking were rescued in Co Armagh.

Police do not believe that the Bangor arrests are linked to the others in Portadown.

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