Long praises police after human trafficking rescues

Alliance East Belfast MLA Naomi Long has praised police after four victims of human trafficking were rescued and two men arrested.

One woman was rescued from a property on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast, while three were found at a property at Kenlis Street in Banbridge. One man was arrested in East Belfast, while another was arrested in Banbridge. Police revealed the arrests were part of an extensive investigation into an organised criminal gang with Eastern European links.

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.”

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