Dorset

Suspected trafficking victims found in Bournemouth

  • 26 March 2014
  • From the section Dorset
AA Car Sales in Bournemouth
Image caption AA Clock garage and car wash was cordoned off by police who could be seen removing items

Six men - thought to be victims of forced labour and human trafficking - have been removed from a garage on a business unit in Bournemouth.

The men, aged between 20 and 30, were taken to a place of safety following a raid in Ringwood Road, police said.

A 23-year-old man was also arrested and later released on bail.

The raid, involving the National Crime Agency, Dorset Police, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Red Cross, began at about 07:45 GMT.

Officers were seen removing items from AA Clock garage and car wash throughout the morning.

Det Supt Kevin Connolly, of Dorset Police, said: "Today's operation is the result of a detailed and protracted inquiry and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard vulnerable victims."

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