Seven people have been arrested in connection with human trafficking offences and benefit fraud after police raids at two addresses in Northamptonshire, as well as five in Leicester.
Officers from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) executed seven warrants this morning and six men and one woman are currently in police custody being questioned by DWP and NCA investigators.
A small number of people were located at the premises and are currently being spoken to by specialist officers.
Detective Sergeant Steve Watkins, from Northamptonshire Police, said the raids sent a clear message to those involved in “modern day slavery”.
He said: “The warrants executed today will help to safeguard and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society. It sends out a clear message to all those who would exploit them that this form of modern day slavery will not be tolerated, and that there is no place safe in Northamptonshire for anyone involved in human trafficking”
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Newcombe from Leicestershire Police said; “Today we worked with colleagues from other agencies who have been involved on a long and complex investigation which has led to the execution of seven warrants. This morning’s operation went extremely well and reflects the collective commitment of the wider law enforcement community to tackle this type of criminality and to work closely together to protect the vulnerable and bring offenders to justice.”