Friday, September 30, 2005

UK Trafficking Victims

A shotgun and £7,000 were found at the premises which police say was being used as a brothel. Nineteen women who detectives believe were tricked into working as sex slaves have been removed from a massage parlour in Birmingham.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "The women are believed to be of Eastern European origin and were tricked into the sex industry. "They had their passports taken. They were locked into the venue during the evening to work and taken away during the day and locked in a house."

The women, aged between 19 and 30, were led from Cuddles on Hagley Road on Thursday evening by a special task force of about 25 female officers.

Two men and a woman, from the West Midlands, were arrested.

Twelve of the women are expected to be released but seven will be held pending checks on their immigrations status. The women are said to come from Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Poland and Turkey.

Source: BBC