A person and girl from Bristol have been arrested as a part of a significant investigation into the trafficking of Slovakian nationals into the UK for labour exploitation.
The alleged ringleader of the community, a Slovakian man aged 43, and Polish girl aged 44, had been detained on suspicion of Fashionable Slavery Act offences, cash laundering and fraud by officers in Fishponds and Lockleaze yesterday (Tuesday October eight).
The arrests come because of a significant two 12 months investigation by the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA).
The pair are at present being questioned and are suspected of exploiting dozens of predominantly Slovak migrants, who can be transported to the UK after which put to work in labouring jobs or automotive washes.
The victims would usually have their promised wages withheld, financial institution accounts managed by their captors and be threatened with violence.
The investigation has additionally been supported within the UK by Avon & Somerset Police and abroad by the Slovakian Police who performed a key position by tracing and finding earlier victims who had returned residence.
NCA department commander Ian Glover stated:“This can be a main step in what has been a protracted and sophisticated investigation.
“All through we’ve heard distressing allegations of the exploitation, abuse and humiliation of victims for monetary revenue.
“These victims have now been safeguarded and are being supported.”
“Tackling fashionable slavery and human trafficking is one among our highest priorities, and we’re decided to work with our legislation enforcement companions to pursue offenders and shield victims.
“However we nonetheless want the general public to assist, be our eyes and ears and alert us to exercise of their communities which may be regarding them.
“When you have suspicions about exercise which may be linked to exploitation please name the Fashionable Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700, or the police on 101.”