Two arrested in human trafficking investigation in Derbyshire

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority officers arrested two men yesterday in connection with an ongoing multi-agency investigation into organised human trafficking in and around Derby.

The men, arrested at their workplaces in Derbyshire, are now being questioned at a police station in Derby on suspicion of offences under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act.

In a statement, the GLAA revealed the arrests were the latest stage of Operation Doubrava – an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of Latvian nationals into the Derby area with the intention to exploit them for their labour.

Helping Derbyshire police with the operation, the GLAA is also working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs and the Latvian authorities.

Since the initial arrests last month, six people – four men and two women – have been charged with conspiracy to commit offences under the Modern Slavery Act, as well as conspiracy to commit offences under both the Coroners and Justice Act and the Asylum and Immigration Act.

Enquiries are ongoing. Recruiter.co.uk will bring you more updates when we get them.

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