Six men have been taken to a ‘place of safety’ after police raided a Bournemouth address after an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking.
Officers carried out the warrant at the AA Clock Garage along Ringwood Road – with six suspected male victims , aged between 20 and 30 years old, taken to a safe place and offered support.
A 23-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested in connection with slavery offences.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly, director of investigations said: “Today’s operation is the result of a detailed and protracted inquiry and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard vulnerable victims.
“Human trafficking is happening up and down the country. In such cases, victims are often forced to live and work in poor and unsanitary conditions, sometimes with little or no pay. Some may not recognise themselves as victims and even if they do, they may feel unable to speak to the police or other authorities.
“Human trafficking is a serious offence and Dorset Police remains committed towards tackling such cases. Human trafficking, particularly in the form of servitude, is a hidden crime and we will do everything we can to ensure this immoral trade is stopped. In order to do this, we also need help from the public.”