Police 'rescue three men' and arrest two on slavery offences

Three male victims, one in his 30s, one in his 40s and one in his 50s have been taken to a place of safety by police and two men have been arrested in connection with slavery offences after a raid on sites in South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

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'Victims' working in 'poor conditions for little or no pay'

Eight properties in the Bristol area were raided by police today following an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking by Avon and Somerset Police. Three men were "rescued" by police and have since been taken to a safe place.

Read: Three victims 'freed and taken to a safe place'

Chief Superintendent Julian Moss said victims in cases like this often live in poor, unsanitary conditions for little or no pay.

Three victims 'freed and taken to safe place'

Avon and Somerset police have arrested two people in connection with slavery offences. Police said the three male victims have been freed and taken into a safe place.

The arrests were part of Operation Wanderer, an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking.

Three travellers sites, a business unit and a house in South Gloucestershire and a residential property in Bristol were investigated, police said. Chief Superintendent Julian Moss said:

This is an ongoing and dynamic inquiry; our primary aim is to safeguard and protect vulnerable victims.

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Two people arrested on slavery offences

Two people have been arrested in connection with slavery offences in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, police said.

The three alleged male victims, one in his 30s, one in his 40s and one in his 50s have been taken to a place of safety.

The police said in a statement they have also arrested five others on suspicion of offences including failing to appear, cannabis production, money laundering and handling stolen goods. A significant quantity of cash was found at one of the addresses.

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