Lo congratulates police on successful operation targeting human trafficking

Alliance South Belfast MLA Anna Lo has congratulated the police following a successful operation against human trafficking. Five women were rescued in Belfast and one in Londonderry in Operation Sleek which was aimed at dismantling a Chinese organised gang.

Anna Lo MLA said: “I offer my congratulations to the police for their success in rescuing these women.

“I am pleased that the police attitude is no longer to see these women as illegal immigrants but is now to see them as victims. It is also very good that after their rescue, these women now have protection and counselling in a refuge and have 45 days to consider what they want to do next.

“This is very important as it will encourage women to come forward and give evidence against the human traffickers. If the women feel that they will be treated as victims then it will be easier for these gangs to be broken up.”


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