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.
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.