Ten women trafficked for sex ''rescued'' by police

15 September 2018, 12:44 | Updated: 15 September 2018, 12:52

Police raid

Police said ten people were "rescued" during an "intel-led" operation early on Friday.

They carried out a number of dawn raids in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

A 29 year old man and 30 year old woman were arrested in connection with human trafficking offences

Police said inquiries were continuing.

Det Ch Insp Rory Hamilton, from Police Scotland's national human trafficking unit, said trafficking was "happening across Scotland and it is happening now".

He said: "Adults and children are being trafficked by organised criminal gangs for no other reason than financial gain.

"It is important that people are aware that trafficking exists in their communities. Exploitation takes many forms, including sexual exploitation.

"We need the public to be aware of this often hidden criminality and to report to us if they think someone may be involved in or be the victim of trafficking or exploitation.

"People who are trafficked are victims. We can protect them from harm by identifying and supporting them from the outset.''

''If you think someone may be the victim of trafficking and exploitation then contact Police Scotland on 101 or one of our partner agencies."