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Cops believe the Eastern European women were trafficked to UK to be sex slaves.


Three women were rescued by police in a dramatic raid on a suspected brothel in Coventry.

Police believe the women, all from Eastern Europe, were trafficked to the UK to be used as sex slaves.

They have now been taken to a safe house where they are receiving specialist support from health services and other agencies.

Two men, aged 28 and 34, were arrested at the scene and are being questioned on suspicion of managing a brothel.

Police raided the house in Harnall Lane East, Hillfields, at 6.30pm on Thursday after local residents raised concerns about what was happening there.

Officers were joined by officials from the SWISH (Sex Workers into Sexual Health) charity.

Sgt John Davenport, of Coventry Police, said: “We were able to take this action because local residents reported their concerns to us.

“It’s particularly hard to gather intelligence in relation to human trafficking which is why information from the community, no matter how small, can be crucial.

“We will continue to work with fantastic agencies such as SWISH to support any vulnerable women who may be being exploited.

“We want to make sure that they get any support that they need.”

The raid formed part of Operation Sentinel, in which police attempt to identify and protect victims of human trafficking, the second most profitable crime in the world, second only to drugs.

It is also a growing crime in the UK with victims exploited in four main ways ? forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and benefit fraud.

Those who traffic people may do so by force, through coercion or by using fraudulent payment and promises of employment.

To report suspicious activity call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on  0800 555111.

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