Twelve people have been arrested in a major police operation against modern slavery.
The raids included one in Woolwich and seven others in Kent and Essex, recovering evidence and over £35,000 in cash. The arrests are linked to the trafficking of vulnerable women who are then coerced to provide sexual services.
Detective Inspector Kristian Eberlein from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
“Modern slavery is a hidden crime and it’s rare that victims come forward. The exploitation of sex workers is often linked to organised national and international crime networks, involved in human trafficking, drugs and money laundering.”