Ipswich arrests over human trafficking

TWO people were arrested in Ipswich today on suspicion of human trafficking.Officers from Suffolk and Essex police forces were joined by Immigration officers during a raid on a house in Chevalier Street at around 9.

TWO people were arrested in Ipswich today on suspicion of human trafficking.

Officers from Suffolk and Essex police forces were joined by Immigration officers during a raid on a house in Chevalier Street at around 9.30am.

A 58-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested. Three women were found at the address and are currently receiving help from police and other agencies.

The two people arrested were initially taken to Ipswich Police Station but were to be transferred to a station in Essex later today for interview.

The raid was part of a national anti-trafficking initiative called Operation Pentameter.

Following the Ipswich raid another two women were found at a house in Rayne Road, Braintree by officers from Essex Police.

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Operation Pentameter involves police across the UK going on duty at ports and airports aiming to help young women who may be victims of human traffickers.

Officers handed out leaflets asking women if they really know what they will be doing in the UK and whether anyone has taken their passport.

A helpline was also opened for those who fear they will be forced to work in brothels and massage parlours.

Police said they wanted to end the "exploitation" of such women.

As part of Operation Pentameter, posters are also put up to heighten awareness of those being unsuspectingly lured into the country to work in the sex trade.

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