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Man charged following Oxford anti-slavery raids

Police officers in Operation Rague raid Image copyright Alex Skennerton
Image caption Thames Valley Police executed warrants at three locations in Oxford

A man has been charged in connection with slavery and fraud offences following raids in Oxford.

The 44-year-old, from Redbridge Hollow is charged with harassment, blackmail and assault, as well as various servitude and forced labour offences.

The 19 charges relate to 10 victims and are said to have taken place between April 2010 and October 2014.

He appeared before Oxford Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody to appear at the crown court on 17 April.

He is the second person to be charged following police raids on properties in Rose Hill, Blackbird Leys and a travellers' site in Redbridge Hollow, in Hinksey Hill, on Thursday.

The investigation, known as Operation Rague, relates to suspected human exploitation, slavery and fraud offences.

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