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Man released over human trafficking investigation in Armagh

PSNI detectives are sending a file to the Public Prosecution Service following labour exploitation operation.

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A 27-YEAR-OLD MAN arrested by detectives from the PSNI’s organised crime branch in connection with an investigation into potential human trafficking has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Twenty potential victims of human trafficking were rescued by PSNI detectives at two locations in Co Armagh over the past week.

The 14 men and 6 women range in age from 20 to 48.

Three men, aged 23, 27 and 31, were arrested in Co Armagh and Co Antrim during the operation into labour exploitation and questioned on suspicion of human trafficking, forced labour and slavery, and money laundering. Two properties were searched and three vehicles seized.

The PSNI liaised with the UK Human Trafficking Centre and other agencies, and engaged additional translators to cope with the number of victims involved.

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