Arrest made in joint GLA anti-slavery operation
13 individuals have been arrested as a part of a joint GLA anti-slavery operation involving the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Peterborough City Council and National Crime Company (NCA), the British Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Operation Launch is the Peterborough-led response to Operation Mustily, an on-going NCA investigation into human trafficking and forced labour of Slovakian nationals inside the UK.
Approximately 300 police and partner agency officers and employees had been involved in the operation in Peterborough that saw raids and arrests at 20 properties throughout town.
Officers engaged with forty six potential victims, 20 of which, including six kids, have been removed from the properties and brought to a reception centre, facilitated by Peterborough City Council, while additional enquiries are carried out.
Those arrested, six males and 7 females, have all been taken to Thorpe Wood police station.
The names of those arrested weren’t disclosed.