Arrests in Peterborough over suspected exploitation of sex workers

Arrests have been made in Peterborough over suspected exploitation of sex workers, with three women taken to safety by officers.

Police have arrested four people in Peterborough and Cambridge and taken action to safeguard nine women as part of a nationwide crackdown on human trafficking and modern slavery.

Nine women have been taken to safety

Nine women have been taken to safety

It was part of Project Aidant 13, a National Crime Agency drive to identify and safeguard victims of sexual exploitation, or those who are trafficked into the UK for that purpose.

Cambridgeshire officers were supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust, the NHS and Rape Crisis.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of controlling prostitution for gain and immigration matters at an address in Park Road, Peterborough. A 37-year-old woman was also arrested for immigration offences. Both were released under investigation.

A premises in Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough, was visited where a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of controlling prostitution for gain and released under investigation.

Three women at the Peterborough premises were taken to safety, as well as six from the addresses in Cambridge which officers raided.

Detective Inspector Nick Skipworth said: “This operation was about safeguarding the vulnerable and tackling those who seek to exploit. We are grateful to our partners for assisting us to support some potentially vulnerable people.

“The public play a key role in helping to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation. Suspicions relating to modern slavery and human trafficking should be reported via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700, local police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”