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Belfast suspect brothel raids: Five potential victims of human trafficking rescued

Five potential sex slavery victims have been rescued after police raids on suspected brothels across the Belfast.

Two women have been arrested by the PSNI.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit rescued five female potential victims of human trafficking women following operations across the city.

The two women, aged 36 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including human trafficking, controlling prostitution for gain, and brothel keeping, and are currently assisting with enquiries.

The 36-year-old woman was arrested in Glenbrook Avenue area where one potential victim was rescued.

The 24-year-old woman was arrested at an address in the Donegal Avenue area where a potential victim was rescued.

Three potential victims were rescued from an address in the Violet Street area.

The arrests are part of an extensive investigation into an organised criminal gang with eastern European links.

The searches were carried out at properties in east, south and west Belfast this morning. Police were assisted by colleagues from the National Crime Agency and the Home Office.

“PSNI are committed to tackling those involved in human trafficking and taking the unfortunate victims of this despicable trade to safety. To help us do this we require the public to be aware of what is going on around them and to report anything they believe to be suspicious," Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said.

“We will act on any information received and continue to target these criminal gangs. Anyone with any concerns or information about trafficking, or any other criminal activity, should contact their local police on 101.”

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