Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slave Trade Raids - 14 So Far Arrested in Police Swoops; in Brief

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slave Trade Raids - 14 So Far Arrested in Police Swoops; in Brief

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A TOTAL of 14 people have now been arrested in connection with a large-scale investigation into modern day slavery across the North East.

The arrests have been made as part of Operation Kestrel, which is targeting foreign criminals and immigration offenders as well as safeguarding those at risk from human traffickers.

The initiative, launched on Monday, involves the region's three police forces - Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham Constabulary - as well as Immigration Enforcement, other law enforcement agencies, charities and local authorities.

On Monday, raids were carried out at houses in the West End of Newcastle and now 14 people have been arrested for slavery offences. They have been released under investigation.

Northumbria Police's Det Insp Sally MacDonald said: "Our absolute priority is making sure those who are at risk of being targeted by modern day slavery and human trafficking are safeguarded and not at risk of any further exploitation and I would like to thank Newcastle City Council and the voluntary organisations involved, such as British Red Cross and Hope For Justice, for supporting us in this activity and enabling us to ensure those at risk receive the best possible support. …

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