Northern Ireland

Arrests by police investigating trafficking in NI

A woman and two men have been arrested following a series of searches by police investigating prostitution and human trafficking offences.

A woman, 52, and a man, 53, were arrested in Randalstown, while a 26-year-old man was arrested in Antrim.

Police took several items for forensic examination, including a computer and a Glock pistol.

The PSNI said the arrests and searches were the culmination of a six-month investigation.

Det Ch Supt Roy McComb, head of Organised Crime Branch, said they were the latest example of the PSNI's ongoing commitment to investigate human exploitation in Northern Ireland.

"We will continue our investigations into organised criminality at every opportunity both to protect those who may be vulnerable and to take the profit out of crime," he said.

Three houses were searched in Randalstown, one in Antrim; a number of apartments were searched in Belfast and one in Londonderry. Business premises were also searched in Glenavy.

Cash and documents were also recovered during the searches.

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