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UK News Scots sex slaves gangs busted in series of dawn raids across Glasgow

08:20  14 february  2020
08:20  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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And cops have vowed to destroy the sex slave gangs amid fears Scotland is in the grip of a human trafficking crisis. An elite squad has been assembled to blitz brothel bosses exploiting young women — with two alleged people smugglers arrested in a series of synchronised dawn raids in Glasgow

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A trafficking gang which forced women into prostitution has been smashed by police a series of dawn raids in Scotland’s biggest city.

Dozens of officers from Police Scotland, Immigration Enforcement and the new specialist divisional Human Trafficking Unit – which was only formed five weeks ago – targeted seven flats in Glasgow yesterday morning.

Three people – two men and a woman – were arrested and three victims were identified as a result of the months-long probe into the group’s activities.

Approximately £40,000 in cash was from a property in the , while a cannabis factory with a street value of £50,000, and unconnected to the trafficking inquiry, was found by officers.

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The Daily Record was invited along by police to witness the drama unfold.

More than 60 police and immigration enforcement officers crammed into a meeting room at Govan police station for a briefing on the operation.

Detective Inspector – who is in charge of the Human Trafficking Unit at the station – told the assembled officers they would be targeting potential traffickers and identifying victims in a bid to disrupt their business.

Divided into six teams, the officers were given intelligence briefings on each address they would be hitting.

Despite the information police already had, officers were warned to “the unknown” at each address and to be mindful there could be potential victims within.

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Divided into cars and vans, each vehicle left the station at exactly the same time to ensure all the addresses were hit simultaneously – a tactic designed to stop suspects warning other members of the gang.

We watched as officers from the public protection unit smashed down the door of a run-down flat in Springburn shortly after .

We could hear the panicked voice of a woman as the door was knocked off its hinges by the force of the

hand-held battering ram as cries of “police” echoed round the stairwell.

Four police officers and two immigration officials entered the flat and carried out searches, hunting for evidence.

Then a suspect, a woman, was arrested and taken to the station. left carrying a brown bag of evidence from the flat while neighbours were reassured by officers.

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DI McLennan said: “The unit was only set up weeks ago but this investigation has been ongoing for a few months.

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“This is our first big operation and identifying, disrupting and eliminating human trafficking

will continue to be one of our biggest priorities.

“Many women, believing they are coming to Scotland for a better life, are forced into prostitution or put to work on cannabis farms for little or no money.

“The operation has been the result of a number of weeks of investigations and successfully identified possible victims who we will work with together with other agencies to ensure they receive the correct care and attention they need.”

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He said the men and women are usually smuggled into the country via lorries, ferries and buses and often in horrendous conditions.

DI McLennan added: “These women are seen as .

“They want to come here for a better life and to support their families back home and instead they are exploited and abused.

“We will continue to do all we can to disrupt the network.”

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Detective Superintendent Donna Duffy, of Greater Glasgow Division, added: “The operation is the

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culmination of a number of weeks of investigations and acting upon intelligence which we have received.

“This has resulted in the action being taken today and subsequent arrests.

“Our divisional Human Trafficking Unit has only been set up since the start of the year and this operation has brought together those officers, with assistance from our colleagues in the national human trafficking taskforce. all forms of trafficking and exploitation and protecting

people from harm continues to be one of Police Scotland’s top priorities.

“Trafficking and exploitation is challenging and complex to investigate.

“But we are determined to improve the intelligence picture in order to gain a better understanding of

trafficking in Scotland and the organised crime groups involved.”

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Detective Superintendent i, head of Police Scotland’s National Human Trafficking Unit, said: “Human trafficking is an insidious crime.

“Police Scotland will pursue traffickers relentlessly and we will continue to work with our network of contacts in the UK, with international law enforcement and other agencies to rid our country of trafficking and all forms of exploitation.”

A police spokeswoman said: “A 46-year-old woman has been charged with alleged human trafficking offences and is due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.”

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