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Charity says human trafficking a "significant problem" in the North West

Rebecca Clarke from the Manchester charity Hope for Justice told Granada's Rob Smith human trafficking was a "significant problem" in the North West:


Women sold into marriage for £3000 by traffickers

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.”

– DI Jim Faulkner

Arrests after pregnant woman tricked into sham marriage

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.