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City of London Police take part in fortnight of action to identify and safeguard victims of sexual exploitation

Throughout September, the City of London Police has been supporting a UK-wide fortnight of action to identify and safeguard victims of sexual exploitation. Led by the National Crime Agency, the period of activity also focused on disrupting the criminality of those abusing ‘adult services’ websites to gain money from prostitution, slavery and trafficking.

Officers in the City worked in partnership with a charity which supports workers in the sex industry, with a focus on trafficked women, and connects them to local care services. Together they engaged with vulnerable people in the community and built positive and trusting relationships with sex workers in the City so they have somewhere to go when they need help. They also engaged with people who may come into contact with victims to encourage them to report anything suspicious.

In total, four premises in the City were visited and seven sex workers engaged with by police officers and the charity workers. One warning was given to cease the running of a brothel. Three people were arrested for immigration offences.

Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels, Lead for Modern Slavery at the City of London Police said:

“Tackling the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking, including the safeguarding of the vulnerable, is a priority for the City of London Police.

“Operations such as this are key to improving our intelligence picture, building relationships with those that need our help, and showing offenders that we are not scared to proactively target them to safeguard what they may see as their commodity.

“We would like to stress the key role the public can play in helping us to tackle modern slavery and labour exploitation and encourage anyone with any suspicions or concerns relating to modern slavery and human trafficking to contact us on 101 or report anonymously on the Crimestoppers website.”

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