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Four arrests made in Bristol human trafficking investigation

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and slavery offences linked to a nail bar in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police received a call on July 31 reporting concerns for a woman’s welfare.

Officers attended a nail bar in the Southmead area of Bristol, where a woman was located and taken to a place of safety.

Searches were carried out at the premises and a residential address in St Pauls.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of trafficking/slavery offences, three women, aged 46, 24 and 21 and an 18-year-old man.

Safe place for male victims of slavery in Bristol

The centre will be the first of its kind in the UK. Credit: Unseen

The first ever safehouse in this country for men who are victims of slavery is to open in Bristol.

The centre, run by anti-slavery charity Unseen, received nearly half a million pounds of funding from Big Lottery.

"When men are found and rescued by statutory agencies, by the police, our safehouse will offer them a place to come, a place to be looked after, to gain support and to get their lives back on track."

– Kate Garbers, Managing Director of Unseen


Actor calls on Bristol and Bath to confront slave trade past

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a man abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War era United States Credit: Poree Audrey/ABACA/Press Association Images

The star of the movie "12 Years a Slave", which goes on general release today, has called on Bath and Bristol to confront their slave trade past. Chiwetel Ejiofor told the Sunday Times that people should be educated about the part slavery paid in their history.

Three men rescued following police 'slavery' raids

Three men have been rescued in South Gloucestershire and Bristol following a series of raids by police investigating forced labour and human trafficking. The raids this morning involved three travellers sites and a business in South Gloucestershire and a house in Bristol.

Police say the three male victims, one aged in his 30s, one in his 40s and one in his 50s have been taken to a place of safety and are being given all the help and support they need.

Two people have been arrested in connection with slavery offences and five others on suspicion of offences including cannabis production, money laundering and handling stolen goods. A significant quantity of cash was found at one of the addresses.

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

"To the outside world the fear and intimidation faced by victims of forced labour on a daily basis are difficult to comprehend. Today's operation is a very visible statement of our intent to protect people from this type of exploitation."

– Chief Superintendent Julian Moss, Head of CID