On Wednesday 9 August police officers from Northwich and Chester arrested three people as part of an investigation into modern slavery and human trafficking offences.
Officers, with support from specialist staff, attended a business premises in Northwich and one at an address in Chester.
A 43-year-old woman was arrested at an address in Chesterton Court in Chester on suspicion of modern slavery and a 24-year-old woman and 29-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery at an address in High Street in Northwich. Further investigation led to the 24 and 29-year-old also being arrested on suspicion of money laundering. All have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
DS Clare Ellis, from the Strategic Public Protection Unit, said: “The efforts of all involved today show the continued commitment to tackling the issue of modern slavery. This is a challenging issue to deal with as it is very much a hidden crime – and the true extent of the problem is not known.”
Modern slavery takes many forms but the most common include sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude.
Anyone who has any information about this type of crime or is concerned about someone being a potential victim is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting police directly then information can be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, you can call the modern slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700 or visit www.modernslavery.co.uk