Joint Operation Leads to Two Human Trafficking Arrests in South Holland

Posted on 09 November 2018

TraffickingA police operation this week, supported by South Holland District Council and other government organisations, led to the arrests of a 42-year-old man and 35-year-old woman in Gedney on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

The suspects were questioned following the operation in the South Holland village, on the morning of Wednesday 7 November.

Both have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Six people believed to have been trafficked to the county for work in the food services sector were identified at the address.

The Lincolnshire Police operation was supported by South Holland District Council, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), Immigration Enforcement and HM Revenue and Customs.

Cllr Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for Housing and Health, supported the operation saying: "This was a well-planned and successful operation and we were proud to assist Lincolnshire Police and the GLAA with carrying it out.

"We strive to make sure that everyone in South Holland can feel safe. Throughout the year, our officers carry out inspections and investigations on people and premises and it's on occasions like this when the importance of this and the information they gather becomes clear and the vital part it plays in tackling bigger issues.

"I would urge all employers to remain vigilant about their supply chains and recruitment practices so they don't getting caught out as well."

Anyone who suspects someone is being trafficked or exploited should report their concerns immediately. You can get in touch with police or call the GLAA's dedicated intelligence team on 0800 432 0804.