Alliance East Belfast MLA Naomi Long has praised police after four victims of human trafficking were rescued and two men arrested.
The men were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution and money laundering.
“I want to praise police for their actions in rescuing four women from the horrors of human trafficking,” said Mrs Long.
“It is a sickening crime carried out by heartless individuals, and is nothing more than modern day slavery. My thoughts are with the women, who must have gone through unimaginable ordeals before their rescue. I hope they now receive whatever care and support they need.
“This crime can only be stopped with the help of the public. I would ask everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicions to the police immediately.”