On Tuesday, 23 February at approximately 5am detectives from the Met’s Central Specialist Crime Command, supported by Territorial Support Group officers, executed search warrants at six addresses across London in Hounslow, Croydon, Newham and Barnet.
A 25-year-old man [A] and a 24-year-old woman [B] were arrested as part of this morning’s warrants on suspicion of controlling prostitution for gain and to conceal/disguise/convert/transfer/remove criminal property. [A] was also arrested on suspicion of arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
Detective Inspector Nick Bland, from the Central Crime Command, said: “I am delighted that the team’s hard work has paid off with the arrest of two people, who we believe are responsible for trafficking vulnerable women into the UK to exploit them. More importantly, I am pleased we have been able to identify seven potential victims of trafficking and safeguard them.
“Unfortunately, modern slavery exploitation still takes place across London, and I hope this investigation continues to raise the public’s awareness of this shocking crime and sends a clear message to those involved that we will take action.
“The Met’s modern slavery team work incredibly hard to put a stop to these types of crimes to safeguard any potential victims of trafficking and bring the perpetrators to justice. However, we also need your help.
“If you suspect that you, or someone you have come into contact with, may be a victim of modern slavery or trafficking and require support, please call The Salvation Army’s 24 hour confidential referral helpline on 0800 808 3733. This is the best way to get support to anyone you suspect might be a victim