Police inspect massage parlour during operation to prevent people trafficking
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 25 October 2016
A massage parlour in Weston-super-Mare has been inspected during a police crackdown on people trafficking.
A welfare check was carried out as part of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) operation to target criminals involved in trafficking people for sexual exploitation.
Chief Inspector Mark Edgington, lead for modern slavery and human trafficking for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “This was a co-ordinated operation led by the NCA to target and counteract the threat posed by criminals who deliberately traffic vulnerable people into the UK for sexual exploitation.
“Tackling this grotesque and highly exploitative crime is a priority for us and we’re doing all we can to shine a light on what remains a hidden crime.
“We’ve been carrying out a range of welfare and intelligence gathering checks to ensure we get a full picture of the threat this crime type poses in our force area. This is a continually evolving process.”
The police check also took place as part of an EU-wide action on UK Anti-Slavery Day.
Chief Inspector Edington added: “We still need the eyes and ears of the public to help support our fight against the traffickers and modern slavery offenders.
“These offences are happening today in our neighbourhoods, communities, towns and cities and we all have to do more to recognise the signs which could identify victims or someone at risk.”