Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Swoop on Men Suspected of Slavery Offences

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Swoop on Men Suspected of Slavery Offences

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THREE men have been arrested in a series of early morning raids into a suspected modern slavery ring.

Teams of officers swooped on houses in Ferryhill, on County Durham, at 5am on Wednesday, arresting three men aged 25, 28, and 29 on suspicion of modern-day slavery offences.

A number of people, thought to be victims of the suspected offences, were found at properties in Wensley Terrace, Eldon Terrace and Lightfoot Terrace, and are now being supported by officers and other agencies.

Durham Constabulary's Detective Chief Inspector Traci McNally, who led the investigation, said: "Modern-day slavery is happening in plain sight in everyday life. Contrary to some of the popular myths about modern-day slavery, often victims aren't in chains, they are in debt.

"Protecting the vulnerable and exploited victims of this type of crime and pursuing those who commit it is something we will be relentless about in our activities. I urge anyone who has any concerns about activity relating to individuals being forced to work against their will for low or no wages, or being controlled or mistreated, to report it to us. …

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