Dorset Police today carried out a warrant at an address in Bournemouth as part of an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking.
Police officers and staff were involved in the operation at a business unit in Ringwood Road.
As a result six suspected male victims, aged between 20 and 30 years, have been taken to a place of safety and are being given all the help and support they need.
A 23-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested in connection with slavery offences.
Today’s operation is the result of a detailed and protracted inquiry and our primary aim is to protect and safeguard vulnerable victims. Human trafficking is happening up and down the country. In such cases victims are often forced to live and work in poor and unsanitary conditions, sometimes with little or no pay. Some may not recognise themselves as victims and, even if they do, they may feel unable to speak to the police or other authorities. Human trafficking is a serious offence and Dorset Police remains committed towards tackling such cases."
– Detective Superintendent Kevin Connolly, director of investigations