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Second Latvian woman extradited to the UK to face modern slavery charges

Posted on 8th March 2018

A second woman has been extradited to the UK from Latvia to face charges as part of a large-scale modern slavery investigation that involves detectives from both countries.

Madara Stromane (23) appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court today, charged with conspiracy offences linked to slavery, trafficking and exploitation.

She was remanded into custody and will appear at Derby Crown Court tomorrow.A Latvian police dog

Miss Stromane 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.

Imitra Didzus (33), who was also arrested in Latvia, was extradited earlier this week. She appeared before magistrates yesterday and was remanded into custody.

Two men, aged 25 and 39, remain in custody in Latvia awaiting extradition.

Officer in the case DC Kane Martin said: “These latest extraditions are part of a large, on-going international modern slavery and human trafficking investigation, being conducted by Derbyshire Constabulary and the Latvian State Police, supported by a number of other partners, like the National Crime Agency. 

“It is a continued demonstration of our commitment to attack this type of crime and protect vulnerable members of society. We have shown that there are no barriers to this operation and we will work collaboratively to investigate these crimes, crossing borders to make arrests and identify potential victims.”

The first wave of arrests came in September last year, when officers executed warrants at houses in Rutland Street, St James Road, Balaclava Road and Patmore Square. Ten suspected victims were found during these warrants and safeguarded.Rutland Street, Derby

This was followed by last month’s warrants in Latvia and St James’ Road, Normanton. In the garden of one of the Latvian houses, a man in his 60s was found living in a shack. Officers believe him to be a victim of modern slavery and he is being supported by the Latvian authorities.

To date, nine people have been charged as part of the operation. They are, in addition to Miss Didzus and Miss Stromane; 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.

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