Three men arrested in Blackburn sex trafficking inquiry

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Image caption Two women, believed to have been brought to the UK from Romania, were found at a property on Accrington Road

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and sexual exploitation after two women were found at a house in Lancashire.

Officers searched the address on Accrington Road in Blackburn at about 19:45 BST on Wednesday.

The women, aged in their 20s, were believed to have been brought to the UK from Romania and are in a place of safety, police said.

The men, aged 30, 31 and 33, were being questioned.

Det Insp Mark Vaughton, of Lancashire Police, said: "These arrests are part of our ongoing work under Operation Proteus, in which we have a dedicated team working to identify both the victims and perpetrators of trafficking and slavery across Lancashire."

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