Police make four arrests during modern slavery crackdown in Hertfordshire

Police stopped more than 80 vehicles during the operation. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police stopped more than 80 vehicles - and made four arrests - during an operation targeting human trafficking and modern slavery in Hertfordshire.

The six-hour crackdown, involving more than 100 police officers, targeted vehicles crossing the border between Hertfordshire and London and immigration and vehicle safety checks were carried out.

In total, 83 vehicles were stopped by police and 67 people were spoken to about modern slavery and human trafficking.

Three potential victims of slavery or trafficking were identified and supported by the Red Cross.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of offences including theft, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing drugs, driving while disqualified, carrying a knife and drug driving.

One person was cautioned for possessing cannabis and one suspected stolen vehicle was recovered.

Five uninsured vehicles were taken off the road and seized as well as others with mechanical defects. Other driving offences such as speeding and not having an MOT were also dealt with.

“Trafficked people or other victims of exploitation are often moved around by road. The aim of the operation is to disrupt that activity, making the Hertfordshire/London border a hostile area the criminals or gangs that choose to exploit people. “Members of the public using the services were also engaged on the subject trafficking and modern slavery. It is vital that the public are aware of how to spot the signs that someone might be being exploited or controlled by others for commercial gain.”

– Special Chief Inspector Andrew Lobel