Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Two arrested in South Yorkshire trafficking probe

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation.

South Yorkshire Police said the men were arrested on Thursday as part of an investigation into modern slavery.

The men, a 28-year-old from Barnsley and 46-year-old from Rotherham, have been released on bail.

Police said the arrests followed intelligence about alleged forced labour, trafficking, and unlicensed gangmaster activity.

Det Sgt Jamie Henderson said: "This is one of the first operations of its kind here in South Yorkshire.

"It has been a complex and difficult investigation and police have worked closely with a range of partner agencies to share information, expertise and intelligence.

"We are focused on identifying victims of suspected trafficking and ensuring they are protected and cared for as a matter of priority."

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