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Six Arrested During Human Trafficking Investigation

Wednesday 11th June 2014

Six people have been arrested in dawn raids as part of an investigation into a Hungarian organised crime group involved in the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation. 

The series of raids by officers from the newly formed Metropolitan Police Service Trafficking and Kidnap Unit took place in Newham, Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and Waltham Forest, as well as Peterborough.

The arrests were related to trafficking for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution and money laundering offences.

Officers executed seven warrants and also visited over 15 brothels and rescued 10 victims.

The group are believed to have been involved in the trafficking of over 100 women and the Met instigated an investigation after information was received from the Hungarian Police.

During this investigation one of the alleged victims escaped from her traffickers and contacted police.

The organised crime group had been advertising sexual services online, including offering more high risk services including 'unprotected sex'.

The Metropolitan Police Service Trafficking and Kidnap Unit was formed in May 2014 to bring together the Human Trafficking and Kidnap units. It now has over 60 officers dedicated to trafficking and kidnap investigations and is the largest dedicated unit in the UK.