Plymouth: Police Raid Homes

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15 Romanian workers have been removed from an address in Plymouth as part of a police investigation into labour exploitation.

Devon and Cornwall Police, went to a property in the Lipson area under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

The adult men, all suspected victims of labour exploitation, were removed from the address and have been taken to a place of safety. 

A further warrant was executed at an address in Honicknowle and a 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and slavery offences. 

He remains in custody at Charles Cross police station. 

The operation followed the police receiving information that foreign nationals had been subject to adult labour exploitation in Plymouth. 

The suspected victims are being cared for at a reception centre. 

Detective Inspector Craig McWhinnie, senior investigating officer, said: "This investigation is at a very early stage but we are working closely with partner agencies to ensure that the people affected receive the support they need. 

"We are focused on the safeguarding of the vulnerable people involved to ensure they are protected and cared for as a matter of priority." 

Anyone who has been affected by issues related to modern slavery in Plymouth or has any information call police on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700. 

You can also visit www.modernslavery.co.uk for advice, support and to report offences.