Human trafficking Cambridgeshire raids result in eight arrests

Police raids in Cambridgeshire Image copyright
Image caption Five properties were raided by police

Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking during a series of raids in Cambridgeshire.

A joint operation in Huntingdon and St Ives in the early hours included Cambridgeshire Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).

A number of suspected victims of trafficking were found at two properties and taken to a reception centre, police said.

Three other people were also arrested for unrelated offences.

The raids, carried out at 05:00 BST, also involved officials from the Border Force, British Red Cross, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and Huntingdonshire District Council.

'Frightened victims'

Four properties in Huntingdon and one in St Ives were targeted.

Det Insp Leigh Allman said they aimed to "tackle the exploitation and trafficking of workers in the Huntingdonshire area" and target those who gained from the suffering of others.

"Victims are often too frightened to come forward and reluctant to seek help from authorities.

"However, I would urge anyone who feels they are being exploited or has any concerns about individual workers to contact police."

The three other people arrested were detained in relation to a European Arrest Warrant and "miscellaneous offences" including possession of drugs, a police spokesman said.

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