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Slavery Arrest In Dorset

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6:45am 27th March 2014


6 men have been moved to what Dorset Police describe as 'a place of safey' in an investigation to 'forced labour and human trafficking' in the county.

A 23 year old man was arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police officers and staff were involved in the operation at a business unit in Bournemouth.

As a result six suspected male victims, aged between 20 and 30 years, have been taken to a place of safety and are being given all the help and support they need.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly, director of investigations, said: Today’s operation is the result of a detailed and protracted inquiry and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard vulnerable victims.

Dorset Police was assisted by a number of other partners and agencies, including Bournemouth Borough Council, the National Crime Agency (UK Human Trafficking Centre) and Red Cross to ensure support is in place for the suspected victims.

Detective Superintendent Connolly continued: Human trafficking is happening up and down the country.

In such cases victims are often forced to live and work in poor and unsanitary conditions, sometimes with little or no pay. Some may not recognise themselves as victims and, even if they do, they may feel unable to speak to the police or other authorities.

Human trafficking is a serious offence and Dorset Police remains committed towards tackling such cases.

Human trafficking, particularly in the form of servitude, is a hidden crime and we will do everything we can to ensure this immoral trade is stopped. In order to do this we also need help from the public.

I would urge anyone who has any information about such offences in Dorset or concerns about people in their community to contact us in confidence on 101.'

Dorset Police has this year been undergoing further education and awareness training for staff and officers as part of Operation Eagle, a national ACPO campaign against human trafficking and slavery.

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