Peterborough trafficking suspects bailed by police

Officers at one of the dawn raids
Officers at one of the dawn raids
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A number of people arrested in connection with trafficking and exploitation offences in Peterborough have been released on bail by police.

A large police operation took place across the city yesterday (Tuesday), with a series of dawn raids across Peterborough.

The police, Peterborough City Council and National Crime Agency (NCA) led operation, named Operation Launch, began at 4am yesterday (Tuesday) and also involved the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), the British Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Operation Launch is the Peterborough-led response to Operation Mustily, an on-going NCA investigation into people trafficking and enforced labour of Slovakian nationals within the UK, which sees involvement from a number of other forces across the country.

In total about 300 police and partner agency officers and staff were involved in the activity in Peterborough which saw raids and arrests at 20 properties across the city.

Officers engaged with a total of 46 potential victims, 20 of which, including six children, were removed from the properties and taken to a reception centre, facilitated by Peterborough City Council, while further enquiries were carried out.

Six men and seven women were all arrested in relation to human trafficking offences, while one man was arrested on suspicion of rape and another on warrant.

The man arrested on a warrant was detained to be taken to court by police.

All the others arrested have been bailed until the middle of July by detectives.