Tyne & Wear

Newcastle human trafficking raids: Four arrested

Four people have been arrested in Newcastle as part of a nationwide operation tackling human trafficking.

Officers searched five properties in the city on Tuesday after information was supplied by Slovakian authorities, Northumbria Police said.

Three Slovakian men aged 19, 30 and 36 and a Slovakian woman aged 55 were arrested on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for exploitation.

A number of victims have been taken to safe locations, the force said.

The raids were part of a UK-wide operation coordinated by the National Crime Agency.

Those arrested were later bailed pending further inquiries.

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