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Woman extradited and charged as part of large-scale modern slavery investigation

Posted on 7th March 2018

A woman has been extradited to the UK from Latvia to face charges as part of a large-scale modern slavery investigation.

Imitra Didzus (33) appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today, charged with conspiracy offences linked to slavery, trafficking and exploitation.

She was remanded into custody.

Miss Didzus is one of five people arrested on Tuesday, February 20 as part of Operation Doubrava, an investigation into alleged modern slavery offences that span the UK and Latvia. Four arrests were made in Latvia that day and one in Derby.

Two men, aged 25 and 39, and a 23-year-old-woman, remain in custody in Latvia awaiting extradition.

Eight people have now been charged as part of the operation. They are, in addition to Miss Didzus; Jana Pelce (32) of St James’ Road, Normanton, Ainars Pelcis (53) of Rutland Street, Ilgvars Pelcis (32), of St James Road, Karlis Aleksandrovs (41), of Patmore Square and Magdalena Kleina (54), of Rutland Street, Jolanta Pelce (35) of Patmore Square and Mareks Kaira who is 24 and was living in Latvia at the time of his arrest.

Police discovered ten people at houses in Derby last September, whom they believe to be victims. One suspected victim was found during the warrants in Latvia last month.

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