Six Modern Slavery Arrests In Southampton

27 November 2018, 16:25 | Updated: 27 November 2018, 16:29

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Six people have been arrested as part of a modern slavery investigation in Southampton focussing on the sex trade.

Three homes in Portsmouth Road, Garton Road, Oceana Boulevard were visited by police today (November 27) as part of the operation.

Six people were arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences.

  • A 52-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of holding a person in slavery or servitude
  • A 64-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel used for prostitution. 
  • A 49-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of holding a person in slavery or servitude 
  • A 43-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel used for prostitution. 
  • A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel used for prostitution. 
  • A 58-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel used for prostitution. 


Two women, aged 35 and 40-years-old are being treated as victims and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Sergeant Emma Barrow from the Western Investigation Team said: 

"This was a proactive intelligence-led operation, the investigation which now follows will be complex and involves UK Visas and Immigration.

"We have identified two vulnerable women who are working with our specially trained Amberstone team to ensure they have access to the support they need.

"Information from the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is key in identifying criminal activity connected to organised crime and modern day slavery. I would continue to encourage anyone who notices suspicious activity or a vulnerable person who seems to be working against their will to contact us."