TOP TRENDING

A group of 11 "slaves" is in an industrial site during the raid in the building


A group of 11 adults, believed to be held as slaves, were found in a massive robbery involving more than 100 police officers at an industrial site.

The officers charged the site with an armored truck, which they called "numerous security measures."

In the closed, semi-industrial site in Crews Hill, Enfield, east London, they arrested three men and took the eleven adults, who are believed to be victims of modern slavery, to care for and treat injuries.

After yesterday's robbery, investigators continue to search the site for further evidence, but have so far discovered around £ 75,000 in cash.

The three men remain at a police station in north London after being arrested on suspicion of modern-day slavery.

Police rushed to the site in an armored truck (image)

The interior of the site was searched by the police in Enfield, east London. Three men were arrested

The interior of the site was searched by the police in Enfield, east London. Three men were arrested

The raid footage released by the police shows a long convoy of police and government vehicles pouring into the grounds.

Together with the police, there were another 50 others from various government agencies who were involved in the raid.

Central Specialist Crime Detective Chief Inspector Richard McDonagh said: “This activity is part of an investigation into the unregulated distribution of food on this website.

& # 39; It is believed that numerous victims have been exploited for forced labor.

“It was vital that the police intervene to protect those who we believe are being exploited and to arrest those who are suspected of being forced to work.

In one of the buildings you can see different wooden pallets stacked with products

In one of the buildings you can see different wooden pallets stacked with products

& # 39; This process took place in a semi-industrial location that poses its own dangers. The planning was meticulous and only possible with the support of an extensive partner network. I thank all of our partners for their support. & # 39;

The major raid lasted more than a year and was part of Project Aidant – a coordinated campaign by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Gangmasters and Labor Abuse Authority (GLAA).

The police were joined by employees from HM Revenue and Customs, the London Fire Brigade, the Immigration Service, the Enfield Council, the Environment Service and the National Food Crime Unit.

Detective Chief Inspector McDonagh added: “Victims of modern slavery rarely see themselves as such. It is therefore important that every effort is made to prevent further exploitation if crime is suspected.

“We have specialist officers and support networks that provide the victims identified today with the necessary care.

“Modern slavery and human trafficking are often hidden from the public. We need the public to recognize the signs and report their suspicions to the Modern Slavery Helpline or the police. & # 39;

The officers charged the site with an armored truck, which they called "numerous security measures."

The officers charged the site with an armored truck, which they called "numerous security measures."

Minister of the Interior Priti Patel said: “Through the hard work and cooperation of law enforcement and immigration authorities, we have helped disrupt a gang suspected of the most heinous exploitation and shameful trade in vulnerable people.

"We will not stop fighting these heinous crimes by bringing the perpetrators to the full weight of the law and ensuring that victims get the help they need."

Since 2017, the NCA has taken the lead in investigations that arrested more than 770 suspects and discovered more than 1,200 victims.

Rob Richardson, director of the Modern Slavery and Trafficking Department (MSHT) at the National Crime Agency, said: “Combating modern slavery is one of our top priorities and we are committed to working with our law enforcement partners to persecute and prosecute criminals protect the victims.

& # 39; The National Crime Agency is working with the Gangmasters Labor Abuse Authority to step up law enforcement across UK, including London, to identify and change the changing picture of the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking as a result of COVID-19 to react.

& # 39; Movement restrictions and activities are likely to have a significant impact on the UK MSHT threat.

& # 39; There have been isolated reports of the shift from publicly accessible sectors closed due to government measures such as car washes and nail poles to high-risk sectors of agriculture and the wider food supply chain like this factory.

"Since 2017, the NCA has undertaken a series of operational intensifications by several authorities on various aspects of the MSHT threat, which has resulted in over 770 arrests and the protection of over 1,200 potential victims."

(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) News (t) London