Posted on 18th April 2018
Two men arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring remain in custody this morning.
A 27-year-old man was arrested at a house in Uttoxeter New Road, Derby yesterday when officers executed a warrant at the property.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in Burton town centre at the same time. The men, who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic with a view to exploitation, remain in custody this morning and are being questioned by detectives.
Three women were found at the house in Uttoxeter New Road while two women were found during another warrant at a house in Violet Street, Normanton. We are treating the women as victims and we suspect they have been trafficked around the UK to be exploited. They have been taken to a reception centre where they are being offered specialist support by partner agencies.
We have secured brothel closure orders at the two premises. Officers also carried out a warrant at a flat in Station Court, Burton, as part of the investigation.
The operation is being supported by Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Red Cross, HM Revenue and Customs, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority, Department for Work and Pensions and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
DS Gareth Smethem leads Operation Wilberforce, a specialist police team which works to identify and support modern slavery victims. He said: “The brothel closure orders allow us to secure these two properties to make sure that can no longer be used as brothels.”
For more information about trafficking and modern slavery, visit our dedicated webpage http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Personal-Safety/Trafficking/Human-Trafficking.aspx