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Three women have been rescued from a suspected brothel in Coventry after a police raid.
Officers stormed the house in Harnall Lane, Stoke, along with a local sexual health charity after complaints from neighbours.
The three women, all from Eastern Europe, are believed to have been victims of sexual exploitation and are being given help and support from health services.
Two men, aged 28 and 34, were arrested and remain in custody today being questioned on suspicion of managing a brothel.
The raid forms part of Operation Sentinel, launched by officers in response to reports suggesting slavery and human trafficking was on the rise in the Midlands, with many victims being forced into prostitution.
Slavery and human trafficking is "on the rise" in the West Midlands, senior police officers have warned.
West Midlands Police will host a web chat on the issue this afternoon, urging people to come forward to ask any questions or raise any concerns.
Det Supt Tim Bacon, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, will host the webchat between 3pm and 5pm today, which coincides with National Anti-Slavery Day.
"It’s hard to believe modern day slavery is happening in the West Midlands, but sadly it’s on the increase and we’re determined to put a stop to it," he said.
"We need information from the public to help us do that. Information provided to us about suspicious activity, no matter how trivial it may seem, can be the key to cracking human trafficking gangs.
"Through the web-chat we hope to raise awareness of the tell-tale signs that may indicate trafficking is taking place and also talk to the public in an open forum about their concerns over this horrific abuse."
Four people have been charged with managing a brothel, following raids in Birmingham on Monday night.
Unemployed 21-year-old, Claudiu Gheorghe, faces one charge of managing a brothel. Unemployed Romina Fana, 26; and masseuses Michaela Jordache, 26, and 24-year-old Maria Trasca are all charged with money laundering.
All four were arrested at their home address of Botha Road in Bordesley Green, and are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court this morning.
West Midlands Police have released a video after rescuing five women believed to be sex trafficking victims after raiding nine suspected brothels in Birmingham.
The raids took place in the areas of Bordesley Green, Hay Mills, Acocks Green, Sheldon, Alum Rock and Moseley.
West Midlands Police have raided nine suspected brothels in a crackdown on human trafficking and forced prostitution.
40 officers raided addresses across Birmingham. Two men and three women were arrested as part of the raids, while five women were identified as potential victims.
Detective Superintendent Tim Bacon said: "It is hard to believe that modern day slavery is happening in the West Midlands, but sadly it is on the increase and we are determined to put a stop to it."