Peterborough man arrested for trafficking, exploitation and modern slavery

Two people have been arrested in a week of action targeting those involved in trafficking and exploitation in Norfolk.

Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 4:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th June 2016, 5:37 pm
Human trafficking, modern slavery

Officers across the county took part in the UK-wide operation co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC).

Codenamed Operation Hornsman, the week of action, from Monday May 30, was aimed at targeting the criminal networks and individuals behind trafficking and exploitation, as well as protecting and safeguarding potential victims.

Officers carried out a number of visits to businesses across Norfolk to identify potential victims of trafficking and forced labour whilst two people were arrested after a warrant was issued at a business premises in Swaffham on Friday June 3, 2016.

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Working with partner agencies, including HMRC, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, the Health and Safety Executive, The Red Cross and local authorities, officers arrested two men.

A 39-year-old from the Peterborough area and a 38-year-old from the Lincolnshire area were arrested on suspicion of Modern Slavery offences and were both later released on police bail pending further enquiries until Wednesday July 20.

If you suspect that modern slavery is taking place please contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

If you have information but would like to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at