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Nine men arrested in human trafficking operation released under investigation

Raids took place across Stockton on Tuesday morning. Photo: ITV News

Nine people arrested in Stockton-on-Tees following a police anti-human trafficking operation have now been released from custody under investigation.

Cleveland Police have now released more details of those arrests, which were as follows:

28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)
  • Conspiracy to rape

22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)
  • Conspiracy to rape
  • Blackmail

28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)
  • Conspiracy to rape
  • Blackmail

47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)
  • Conspiracy to rape

42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)
  • Conspiracy to rape

28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to rape
  • Cause a female to engage in sexual activity
  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)

31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to rape
  • Conspiracy to commit human trafficking (S2 Modern Day Slavery Act 2015)

26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to rape

18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of:

  • Conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Possession of Class B drug

The arrests followed a number of early morning raids at seven addresses on Teesside and one in South Yorkshire on Wednesday morning.

One man was also arrested in Sheffield on suspicion of rape.

“Tackling human trafficking and sexual exploitation is not just about police officers, we must all come together as a community if we are to make a real difference. I would urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual exploitation to contact police or reach out to Cleveland Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The SARC is an essential facility for victims of this most serious crime and the support the centre offers victims in their greatest time of need is second to none.”

– Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner