'Suspected brothel' in Weston-super-Mare raided by police

PUBLISHED: 10:41 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 16 November 2017

Police raided Butterfly's in Alexandra Parade this morning (Thursday).

Police raided Butterfly's in Alexandra Parade this morning (Thursday).

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A 'suspected brothel' has been raided in Weston-super-Mare town centre this morning (Thursday).

Police executed a warrant to search Butterfly’s Massage Parlour in Alexandra Parade amid suspicions of it being used as a brothel and for money laundering.

Officers attended the premises at 8am this morning and found two women on site. Police have taken them to a safe location.

A home in Hewish was also searched by police.

Sergeant Mark Jenkinson said: “Today’s warrants are the result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation into offences of money laundering and the running of a brothel.

“We attended the premises in Alexandra Parade with workers from the charity Unseen and members of our antisocial behaviour team.

“We have safeguarded two women found at this location and they will be offered all the support they need.

“The priority for us is to gather evidence at these locations and while no arrests have been made, the investigation into potential criminal offences is continuing.

“We take our safeguarding concerns extremely seriously and will always take positive and robust action to investigate criminal offences and protect the vulnerable and exploited.”

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