Two arrests at Stretham near Ely as part of crackdown on human trafficking and modern day slavery

DCI Donna Wass

DCI Donna Wass - Credit: Archant

Two people have been arrested in East Cambridgeshire as part of a crackdown on human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Images of modern slavery from a government video highlighting the issue

Images of modern slavery from a government video highlighting the issue - Credit: Archant

District Commander Detective Chief Inspector Donna Wass, the force lead for human trafficking in Cambridgeshire, said: “This form of criminality is particularly barbaric and inhumane.

“We will not tolerate the enslavery of anyone and will uphold the European Convention of Human Rights which prohibits such behaviours as forced labour. “

She revealed a warrant was executed at the end of the week in Stretham near Ely “in relation to these offences and two people have been detained on bail and continue to assist us with our enquiries.

“The case is being expedited as an immediate priority”.

She said: “Everyone has the right, and is entitled to be free. We will take swift and direct action where any such offences are suspected to be taking place.

“Victims will be freed and they will receive the justice they deserve”.

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“We appeal directly to anyone who has any information regarding such activities in our region to call 101.”

Neighbours say they were shocked by the arrests.

“I can’t believe this was allegedly going on next door,” said one neighbour.

Information can be passed anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, alternatively, you can call the Modern Day Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700.

A Government website says that modern slavery is an international crime, affecting an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world**.

The website says: “It is a global problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicities, including here in the UK and it’s important that we bring this hidden crime into the open.

“It can include victims that have been brought from overseas and vulnerable people in the UK, being forced to illegally work against their will in many different sectors, including brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars and agriculture.”