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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, 10:25 AM
African Couple accused of holding woman as slave for six years

A couple have been arrested on suspicion of holding a woman as a domestic slave in Belfast for more than six years. Police said the arrests are the first of their kind in Northern Ireland.

The suspected victim escaped the property where she was allegedly being held around 16 months ago and alerted a member of the public, who contacted police.

An investigation has been running since and on Tuesday officers moved to arrest the two suspects. A 33-year-old man was detained in east Belfast. A search was also carried out at a property and a number of documents and mobile phones were seized. A 25-year-old woman was arrested in Scotland and is being taken back to Northern Ireland for questioning. They are being held on suspicion of human trafficking offences for the purpose of domestic servitude.

The suspects are both from Africa, though from different countries.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (https://www.irishtimes.com/topics/topics-7.1213540?article=true&tag_organisation=Police+Service+of+North ern+Ireland) (PSNI) Detective Inspector Mark Bell, head of PSNI’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit, said: “This victim was brought to Northern Ireland and alleges this was going on for six years until it was brought to our attention. “Thankfully this victim had the opportunity to leave their home address on this particular occasion and made contact with a member of the public, and thankfully that member of the public knew what the signs and indicators were to look out for and the police have then got involved.”

Mr Bell said the investigation had been “protracted”. “It can be hard to believe that modern slavery and human trafficking exists today but it is all too real, especially for the victims,” he said. “Modern slavery is unacceptable as it violates human rights and denies victims their rights to life, freedom and safety. The criminals prey on vulnerable people, control them by fear and exploit them for their own selfish gains. "These arrests are part of a protracted investigation into human trafficking for domestic servitude in Northern Ireland which has been going on for over a year. They are the first arrests of their kind."

“Modern slavery is often an unseen crime as victims can be afraid to speak out or may be being held captive, and human trafficking for the purposes of domestic servitude can be particularly difficult to detect. “Victims may be afraid to speak out so we need the public to be aware of the signs to look for so that they don’t miss the opportunity to intervene in a modern slavery incident.”

The detective said in the last 12 months his team had investigated 59 potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking — a marked increase from 36 the previous financial year.

Man faces domestic slavery charges in Belfast - irishtimes.com (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/man-faces-domestic-slavery-charges-in-belfast-1.3877181) 01 May 2019.

Of course they won't be deported, its just the 'freeloaders' culture and our cultural enrichment.

Sunday, September 29th, 2019, 08:33 PM
5 November 2018

As many victims of sex trafficking have been rescued so far this year in Northern Ireland as in the whole of the previous year.

The PSNI saved 36 potential trafficking victims in the 2017/18 financial year. BBC News NI understands that 36 victims were rescued in the first six months of the 2018/2019 financial year.

A new BBC drama tells the story of one woman trafficked and forced to work as a sex slave in Belfast.
Worldwide an estimated 4.8m women and girls are in forced sexual exploitation, according to the International Labour Organisation. Some victims of human trafficking are 'labour slaves', but others are forced to work in the sex industry. 'Anna' was just one of them. She eventually escaped her captors, who were later jailed for a range of offences.

Filmed mainly in Belfast, Doing Money is a hard-hitting BBC drama and is far from fiction.

'I was kidnapped in London and trafficked for sex' (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-45103617)
Sex workers protest at Stormont during the debate to criminalise the purchase of sex (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29697036)

The new drama features depicts the real life story of what happened to Anna. She was trafficked and forced to work as a sex slave in Belfast before escaping her captors, who were later jailed for a range of offences.

Originally from Romania, she was kidnapped in broad daylight in London. She was then sold to a gang who forced her to work in the sex industry in a number of cities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including Belfast.

Her mobile phone and passport were taken and she was told her mother in Romania would be killed if she tried to escape. The gang kept her and other women in 'pop-up' brothels, often in residential areas and in seemingly ordinary houses and apartments.

Harrowing viewing

In all, Anna spent 10 months as a sex slave - raped by thousands of men - before she was rescued. She later told her story to politicians at Stormont as part of the debates that led to a Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act being passed in Northern Ireland in 2015. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-30404275)

The title of Doing Money comes from one of Anna's traffickers. "This one will do money," they remarked before forcing her into sex work. The drama makes harrowing viewing as it portrays Anna's ordeal in detail, as well as the work of a PSNI team attempting to catch the criminal gang exploiting her.

BBC: Human trafficking rescues increase in Northern Ireland (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46092085) 29 IX 2019.

29 September 2019

Police arrest suspected brothel owners and five men who ... (https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/crime/police-arrest-suspected-brothel-owners-and-five-men-who-paid-for-sex-1-9089226)

3 hours ago · In a major human trafficking operation police have arrested a man and a woman who they suspected of running a brothel while a further five men were arrested for paying …

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