Harrogate arrests in human trafficking probe

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A woman has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after police raids at a house in Harrogate this morning.

A 33-strong team of Border Agency officers targeted seven addresses across Yorkshire, arresting four people including a woman at a house in Harrogate.

All four, including three women aged 35, 37 and 55, have now been taken to police stations for questioning on suspicion of human labour trafficking.

Adrian Watkins, Det Insp on the Criminal and Financial Investigation Team, said: “Today we have arrested four individuals who we believe are part of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of people from Pakistan to the UK.

“Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime, which exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people. The UK Border Agency will not hesitate in taking the strongest possible action against those involved.”

Officers also raided three homes and three business addresses in Huddersfield; Haq and Sanderson Immigration Ltd, Hillhouse Lane, Ezaah Tailorz in Lockwood Road and Ezaah Boutiques in Blacker Road.

The investigation is ongoing.