Belfast Telegraph

Pair charged with brothel keeping offences by Paramilitary Crime Task Force

Paramilitary Crime Task Force detectives have charged a man and a woman with brothel keeping offences.

A 32-year-old man, arrested last Friday, has been charged with brothel keeping and concealing criminal property. He is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday April 16.

A 22-year-old woman, also arrested on Friday as part of the same operation, has been charged with controlling prostitution and brothel keeping. She is also expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates court on Monday,

As is usual procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

A 48-year-old man arrested in connection with alleged trafficking and controlling prostitution offences has been released pending a report to the PPS.

Detectives conducting the operation, which focuses on the activities of the INLA, last night (Saturday) arrested a 55-year-old man in the greater Belfast area under terrorism legislation.

Three other men detained on Friday under terrorism legislation remain in custody.

A total of seven people were arrested as part of this operation, three in connection with alleged offences related to controlling prostitution and four under the Terrorism Act.

More than 200 police officers were involved in searches at 12 properties across Belfast, Lisburn, Crumlin and Newtownabbey on Friday as part of a major crack down on dissident republicans.

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