Women found in trafficking raids

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Police have raided addresses in Preston as part of an ongoing investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Two people a 49-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman, were arrested at properties in Nantwich and Crewe as part of the operation, led by Cheshire police, yesterday.

Raids were carried out in Nantwich, Crewe, London, Bristol, Stoke as well as Preston.

A number of women were found inside the properties – they are believed to have been brought to the UK from Eastern Europe. They have been removed from the properties and are being spoken to by specially trained officers.

No further information was made available on the exact locations last night.

Det Insp David Browne from Cheshire Police, who has led on the operation, said: “Human trafficking and sexual exploitation stems from organised crime and targets some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The action taken today shows the combined efforts of a number of agencies in tackling this issue.”

The operation also involved The Met, Avon and Somerset Police, and Lancashire Police, along with the National Crime Agency