Joint GLAA modern slavery operation leads to five arrests

A joint operation by Derbyshire Police and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has resulted in five people being charged with modern slavery and human trafficking offences.

In a statement released last Thursday, the GLAA revealed magistrates had granted officers from Derbyshire Police an extension to question the three men and three women arrested during a joint operation involving on the morning of Tuesday 12 September.

In today’s update, the GLAA said three men and two women, all from Derby, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Friday.

Those charged were: Ainars Pelcis, of Rutland Street; Ilgvars Pelcis, of St James Road; Karlis Aleksandrovs, of Patmore Square; Magdalena Kleina, of Rutland Street; and Jolanta Pelce, of Patmore Square. All face trafficking charges and were remanded in custody.

Another woman was also arrested during the operation but has since been released under investigation.

The arrests followed police, GLAA and council officers executing warrants at Rutland Street, St James Road, Balaclava Road and Patmore Square in Derby.

Ten people, who are believed to be victims of human trafficking, were found at those addresses, with some provided with on-going support from the police and other partner agencies.

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