– Chief Superintendent Gary Smal, Dumfries and Galloway Police
“Over 150 personnel from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and these partner agencies were involved in the operation.
“I can confirm that we are currently co-ordinating welfare and support arrangements for 17 foreign nationals located during this morning’s searches.
"These individuals came to the UK from The Philippines, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to work in the fishing industry.
"We are at an early stage of a large scale and complex enquiry."
A major operation to crack down on the human rights of foreign workers has taken place in Dumfries and Galloway and Cumbria.