Seven people arrested as part of human trafficking operation remain in custody

Posted on 17th July 2013

Seven people arrested as part of a human trafficking investigation remain in police custody.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court granted police a warrant of further detention yesterday afternoon, giving detectives a further 36 hours to question the group.

On the morning of Monday, July 15, police, alongside the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre, executed four warrants in Derby.

They arrested five people; two men aged 35 and 40 and three women aged 37, 41 and 22.

The 35-year-old, 37-year-old, 40-year-old and 22-year-old were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, fraud and money laundering. The 41-year-old was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and money laundering.

Later that afternoon, a 21-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were arrested as part of the investigation on suspicion of conspiracy to commit human trafficking and money laundering.

Eleven potential victims were found during the warrants. Police believe that some of the men’s details may have been used to claim benefits fraudulently and that some of the victims may have been sent to work at different locations in the city. Detectives are working with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority as part of the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Callum said: “I want to thank the many agencies and volunteers who have helped us so far in this complex and ongoing investigation.

“The reception centre set up to care for these potential victims was organised and run by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

“We are grateful for the support they have given us and the men we found at these addresses.”

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