Detectives investigating a suspected human trafficking group thought to be bringing women into Greater Manchester from Eastern Europe believe the traffickers are selling them for £3,000 each.
If the woman is pregnant or willing to have a baby within the sham marriage the price can go up to £15,000 police say. Yesterday officers arrested thirteen people in raids in Rochdale, Oldham and Cheetham Hill as part of Operation Retriever. It came after officers were notified of a pregnant Slovakian woman who had been sold to an Asian family. The woman, who was unable to speak English, was taken to The Royal Oldham Hospital by another woman who asked doctors to carry out an abortion. After being told it would be illegal to do so at 25 weeks pregnant she confessed what had happened.
It transpired that she never wanted an abortion and the marriage was carried out in a local house that was used as a mosque.
As part of this investigation we found that the going rate for a standard female was around £3,000.
The going rate for a pregnant female rose from between £10,000 and £15,000, because it virtually guarantees leave to remain.”
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Police have arrested 13 people across Greater Manchester after a pregnant woman was tricked into visiting the UK and sold into a sham marriage.
The 20-year-old victim was 25 weeks pregnant and was told she would be visiting her sister.
Instead, she was taken to Rochdale and married to a man thought to have paid £15,000 for her.
Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing in Rochdale. Susan George, aged 56 from Healey hasn't been seen since Tuesday morning.
“I am becoming increasingly concerned as to the whereabouts and wellbeing of Susan.
“I would appeal to Susan directly that if she is aware we are looking for her, to please contact either the police, a family or a friend. We simply want to make sure she is safe.
“I would also appeal to members of the community, that if they have seen Susan or have any knowledge, information or sighting of Susan to contact the police. “
NSPCC chief Peter Wanless may have "been set up to fail" because he has only had six weeks to investigate what happened to crucial documents in an alleged child sex abuse scandal which have been "lost or destroyed".
Simon Danczuk told Good Morning Britain: "I've talked to experts who carry out these types of reviews using digital technology who say you would need about six months to go through 20 years of documents."
A report into how police handled sex abuse claims in the 1980's is expected to reveal it's failed to find the missing documents that prompted the inquiry
The report centres on concerns the authorities did not act on information passed to them by the then Littleborough and Saddleworth MP Geoffrey Dickens about a possible paedophile ring in Westminster.
The Home Office had previously said the so-called Dickens dossier had been destroyed. A statement is expected from the Home Office at 9.30 this morning
It's emerged that a North West MP who was trying to expose an alleged paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment feared his campaign would die with him.
Geoffrey Dickens, who was MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death in 1995, was seriously ill when he confided to a friend that he had compiled a dossier naming several high profile suspects.
Our Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:
The family of a man who died following a collision in Rochdale has paid him tribute.
Police were called to Sandy Lane in Bamford shortly before 4.40am on Sunday 9 November 2014, to reports of a collision.
When officers arrived they found a white Audi A6 S-line had collided with a grey Audi A5 Sport.
The 25-year-old Joseph Brown-Lartey, who was driving the Audi A5, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Joseph was a great son, brother and friend to many people with his whole future ahead of him, which has been tragically and suddenly taken away from us far too soon.
He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Our lives will never be the same again.”
A man's died after a crash involving two cars in Rochdale. It happened on Sandy lane early Sunday morning.
Fire crews had to free four men from the two vehicles. A 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Four men aged between 18 and 21 are being treated at Royal Oldham Hospital.
Police are appealing for anyone in a silver taxi that was near the scene at the time to come forward.
A 25-year-old man has died after a crash in Rochdale involving two Audi sports cars.
Officers were called to Sandy Lane around 4.00am on Sunday morning. Fire crews freed four men who were trapped in the vehicles.
Four men aged between 18 and 21-years-old were taken to the Royal Oldham Hospital for treatment.
Police are appealing for witnesses, and are appealing for the occupants of a silver taxi to come forward.
Sergeant Mark Thomas from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of this man at this tragic time, and we have specially trained officers supporting them.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the White Audi A6 in the area shortly before the collision, and I would urge you to speak to police if you have any piece of information, no matter how small.
“Two men were seen in a silver taxi near to the scene at the time of the collision, and we are urging them to come forward and speak to police, as they may hold vital information about what happened.
“We are fully investigating the circumstances leading up to this collision and are appealing for anyone who witnessed or heard the collision, to call us with any information.”