Suspected slaves found in West Midlands restaurant raids

Police outside Ming Moon in Wolverhampton Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Five men were found at Ming Moon restaurant in Wolverhampton

Twenty men have been found living in "poor conditions" during four simultaneous raids across the West Midlands, police said.

The victims were found in raids at three restaurants in Coventry, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich and an address in Handsworth, Birmingham.

Police suspect the men were working for "next to nothing".

A 49-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of slavery offences.

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The victims are thought to be mainly Slovakian and Romanian.

The suspects, who are both Slovakian, have been arrested on suspicion of providing staff through a recruitment consultancy.

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Image caption Police found 12 suspected victims at Wing Wah restaurant in Coventry

The raided restaurants were Ming Moon, Stafford Road in Wolverhampton, Wing Wah, Fletchamstead Highway in Coventry and Red Leaf, High Street in West Bromwich.

Five suspected slavery victims were found at the Chinese restaurant in Wolverhampton, 12 at Wing Wah Coventry and three at the an address on Anthrobus Road in Handsworth.

The men will be given the opportunity to speak to specially trained officers and helped into alternative accommodation.

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Image caption No victims were found after the raid at Red Leaf in West Bromwich, which remains open as usual

West Midlands Police said signs of modern slavery to look out for include "large groups of people staying in multi-occupancy houses and being transported to and from addresses in vans or minibuses from early in the morning and not coming back until late at night".

Further investigations are underway, the force added.

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