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Two held over sex trafficking and missing Nigerian girls

UK Border Agency officers outside address in London
Image caption The arrests were made in connection with the disappearance of two girls from care in March

Two people have been arrested in London over the disappearance of two Nigerian teenage girls from care in West Sussex.

A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were held in Enfield on suspicion of trafficking.

The man was also arrested on suspicion of abduction in an operation involving UK Border Agency officers, Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police.

The pair were held over the alleged trafficking of women from West Africa into Europe for sexual exploitation.

The Home Office said the arrests were linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls from care in Worthing in April.

Chief immigration officer Jonathan Bush, from the UK Border Agency, said: "We believe we have disrupted a significant organised crime group suspected of being involved in the trafficking of young women into Europe through London.

"Today's arrests were part of a six-month investigation."

The pair are being questioned at police stations in London.

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