Eight arrested on suspicion of human trafficking following Newham and Ilford dawn raids

Police made eight arrests. Picture: Met Police

Police made eight arrests. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

Eight people believed to be part of an international human trafficking group have been arrested following a series of dawn raids across Newham and Ilford.

Officers carrying out the raids, which took place yesterday (Tuesday) also found 33 potential victims of human trafficking at four of the properties, including five children. They have all been taken to a place of safety.

Three women, aged 37, 44 and 50, and five men, aged 26, 35, 41, 44 and 48, were all arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and money laundering.

The 26-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

They currently remain in custody at a central London police station.

Police visited properties in Perth Road and Wellesley Road, Ilford, as well as two in Mitcham Road, East Ham.

Others took place in Cotswold Gardens and Caledon Road, East Ham, and Earlham Grove and Neville Road, Forest Gate.

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