Three Arrests After Modern Day Slavery Raids In Hampshire

Hampshire Police have made three arrests after raids across Southampton, Portsmouth and Basingstoke to tackle modern day slavery.

Hampshire Police say they've made the arrests after working with partners to raid addresses linked with the sex trade, as part of ongoing work to tackle modern slavery.

A whole week of action aimed to find and safeguard victims of modern day slavery working in the sex trade in Hampshire. It also meant information and intelligence was gathered relating to associated racking and organised crime.

Multi-agency teams including sexual health and modern day slavery support workers from the Medaille Trust visited premises in Portsmouth, Southampton, and Basingstoke on four separate days during the week.

Officers visited nine addresses during the course of the operation, gave safeguarding advice to 10 women and arrested three men.

Detective Inspector Tim Chappell said: 

“This activity focuses heavily on safeguarding potential victims of modern slavery. We have a specialist team in force trained to work with victims of modern slavery, these officers will be leading the visits. 

“Alongside our partners we are showing potential victims that there is help and support available to escape from a life of modern slavery. They may come from countries where the relationship with the police and other authorities is very different to the UK and may not know who to turn to or how to contact them for help. 

“Although the focus of this operation is not on prosecuting the commercial sex worker, we have made arrests in connection with controlling exploitation.”

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