‘Trafficked’ sex workers found in brothel raid

C_67_article_2059889_body_articleblock_0_bodyimageForeign women believed to have been sex trafficked into the UK were found during a raid of a suspected brothel in Reading town centre.

Two Reading people were arrested in connection with the UK Border Agency’s raids of addresses in the town centre, Southcote and West Reading on Wednesday afternoon.

The suspected town centre brothel was uncovered during a raid on Vachel Road, off Caversham Road.

Border Agency officers, supported by Thames Valley Police officers, also raided addresses in Josephine Court, off Southcote Road, Southcote, and Hollins Walk, off Parkside Road, West Reading.

An address in Northampton was also targeted in what was described as a “major operation” by Border Agency spokesman Adam Edwards.

A 51-year-old Reading man found in Vachel Road was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking for sexual exploitation and controlling prostitution for gain.

A 22-year-old woman with dual British and Thai nationality, also from the Reading area, was arrested in Northampton on suspicion of assisting in the management of brothels.

Three women of Lithuanian, Brazilian and Thai nationalities discovered at addresses in Reading, two of them in Vachel Road, were put into the care of police and the UK Border Agency.

Sergeant John Donachy, of the Home Office’s Immigration Crime Team, said: “Officers have executed five warrants in Reading and Northampton as part of a complex ongoing investigation into the trafficking of women into the UK sex trade.

“Working together, the UK Border Agency and police are determined to create a hostile environment for traffickers and take action against those who break the law.”

The two arrested people were both questioned at police stations in Reading and Northampton and were subsequently bailed to re-appear at a police station in the Thames Valley in mid-December.

source: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2059889_trafficked_sex_workers_found_in_brothel_raid


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