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5 March 2015, 13:02
Three people have been charged in connection with people trafficking offences in Norfolk and Suffolk.
It follows a joint operation between Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
Raids were carried out in Great Yarmouth on Wednesday 2 April 2014 by officers investigating people trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation. A number of people from the local area were arrested, they were all involved in vegetable and meat processing.
Three of them were charged yesterday, Wednesday 4 March 2015. Konstantin Sasmurin, aged 32 and Linus Ratautas, aged 29, both from Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea were charged with acting as a gangmaster without a licence, holding a person in slavery or servitude or requiring a person to perform forced/compulsory labour, trafficking people for exploitation and money laundering.
Evelina Perekriostovai, aged 22 and also from Yarmouth Road in Caister-on-Sea was charged with money laundering.
They have all been released on police bail and will appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 April.
In Suffolk, police arrested a 30-year-old man from Norwich in Bury St Edmunds and a 37-year-old woman from Ipswich in Ipswich, also on suspicion of trafficking and supplying unlicensed workers. Both will face no further police action.
If anyone suspects someone of being involved in people trafficking they are asked to contact police immediately on 101.