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St Albans woman, 61, arrested in St Paul’s Place over suspected running of brothel
A 61-year-old St Albans woman has been arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel after a police raid in St Paul’s Place, St Albans.
This comes after police launched Operation Eagle, a national campaign against human trafficking and slavery, which ran between October 14 and October 18.
A 41-year-old woman from Peckham was also arrested at the same address at the end of September.
Both women have been released on police bail until November 28.
Similar warrants were carried out at addresses in Tring, Aylesbury, Edgware, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and Watford.
Detective Inspector Steve Keating of Hertfordshire’s economic crime unit added: "Human trafficking is a vile crime that results in humans being exploited for the benefit of others.
"Operation Eagle is being launched to raise awareness of human trafficking and the type of activity that could be related to organised criminal gangs.
"These gangs are often connected to premises used for activities such as brothels, car washes and cannabis factories where exploited people are forced or coerced to work in degrading, appalling and illegal conditions.
"We would ask the public to be on the alert and to report any kind of suspicious activity to police by calling the non- emergency number 101 or by ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, if a crime is in progress, always ring 999."