Posted on 23rd March 2018
Officers have extradited and charged an eleventh person as part of a major modern slavery investigation which spans two countries.
Karens Pelcis (25) was extradited from Latvia on Wednesday and yesterday (Thursday, March 22) he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, where he was remanded into custody to face further court appearances in future.
He is charged with conspiracy offences linked to slavery, trafficking and exploitation.
Mr Pelcis was arrested in Latvia on 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.
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.
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, eleven people have been charged as part of the operation. They are, in addition to Mr Pelcis, Andris Krauklis (39), Madara Stromane (23) and Imitra Didzus (33), who were also arrested in Latvia last month; Jana Pelce (32) of St James’ Road, Normanton, Ainars Pelcis (54) of Rutland Street, Ilgvars Pelcis (32), of St James Road, Karlis Aleksandrovs (41), of Patmore Square, Magdalena Kleina (55), of Rutland Street, Jolanta Pelce (36) of Patmore Square and Mareks Kaira who is 24 and was living in Latvia at the time of his arrest.
Information on what to do if you suspect Modern Slavery and advice on how to spot the signs is available here.