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Woman arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in Alton

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Published by Josh Kerr at 6:03am 4th October 2018.

A 40-year-old woman from Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking.

She was arrested at an address in Alton on Thursday 20 September, at the address police also identified a potential victim of modern slavery.

The woman was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, being concerned in managing a brothel, and on suspicion of money laundering. She has since been released under investigation.

Officers carried out the targeted activity as part of a wider modern slavery operation by Wiltshire Police.

They visited a number of addresses to check on the welfare of employees who were potential victims of sexual exploitation.

As part of the operation a total of  seven people were identified as potential victims of modern slavery and all of those identified have been interviewed and their welfare assessed.

Detective Inspector Paul Hacker said: “Following comprehensive intelligence, and proactive work with our partner agencies, there was an indication that some addresses were linked to sexual exploitation.

“We are constantly building up an intelligence picture in relation to this ever-changing crime and deploying our resources accordingly to help bring offenders to justice, and protect those who are being exploited."

Tom Dowdall, National Crime Agency Deputy Director, said: “Tackling the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking, including the safeguarding of the vulnerable, remains a priority for UK law enforcement.

“Together, we’re using all the tools at our disposal to disrupt and bring to justice the organised criminals who seek to exploit the most vulnerable people in our society for profit."

He added: "I would urge anyone who sees the potential signs of exploitation to report their concerns to the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.”

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