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Police bust human trafficking ring in Colindale, rescuing modern slavery victims

Metropolitan Police, in collaboration with Europol, Eurojust, and Romanian Police, conducted a joint operation to combat human trafficking and modern slavery.

They executed 12 warrants in Romania and three in Colindale, north London, resulting in the rescue of six victims of modern slavery.

Five people were detained in Romania for human trafficking offences, while a 24-year-old man was arrested in London on a UK court warrant. The victims, who were forced into prostitution, are now receiving support from specialist officers and the charity Justice and Care.

The operation also led to the seizure of large quantities of cash, high-value watches, vehicles, and firearms in Romania. The successful operation was the outcome of coordinated efforts between the Metropolitan Police, Romanian Law Enforcement Authorities, Europol, and Eurojust to dismantle the organised crime network involved in these heinous activities.

Julie Currie, Victim Navigator Programme Coordinator for Justice and Care, said: “Justice and Care are proud to work with and support this joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and the Romanian Police, assisting and ensuring that any potential victims are safeguarded and supported during what can be a difficult time for them.”

Detective Inspector Lillywhite added: “We need help from the public as they have an important role to play in recognising and reporting modern slavery. If you suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, report it. You will always be taken seriously and protection and support is available.

“Often those affected do not see themselves as potential victims of sexual exploitation and many will have been coerced into this life to make money for an organised crime network. Victims are often told the police and authorities in the UK are not to be trusted and with limited English are unable to seek help, even if they want to.

“We believe there are victims of modern slavery in every borough across London and the public may encounter them every day, possibly without realising. As well as being sexually exploited, victims have been found working in construction, domestic servitude, agriculture, cannabis factories and in places you use yourself, such as car washes, barbers and nail bars.”

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