Po­lice smash Ro­ma­nian sex slave gang

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A sus­pected Ro­ma­nian sex slave em­pire has been tar­geted in a se­ries of raids by Po­lice Scot­land. Ten women aged un­der 25 were res­cued from seven ad­dresses in Glas­gow and one in Ed­in­burgh. The women were be­lieved to be work­ing as pros­ti­tutes. Two alleged hu­man traf­fick­ers were also ar­rested. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Stu­art Mc­Nid­der, who led Po­lice Scot­land’s op­er­a­tion on Fri­day, said: “Th­ese women have been ex­ploited daily.” Po­lice fear Scot­land is in the grip of a hu­man traf­fick­ing cri­sis and have cre­ated a unit to smash the bosses be­hind the seedy crim­i­nal em­pires. Mr Mc­Nid­der added: “I’ve been in­ves­ti­gat­ing this for six to eight weeks. “It’s been quick be­cause po­ten­tially there are fe­males be­ing ex­ploited on a daily ba­sis. “In­ves­ti­gat­ing or­gan­ised crime usu­ally takes so much longer but we had to go quickly as the wel­fare of vic­tims is ul­ti­mately more im­por­tant.”

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