Woman arrested in Newry on suspicion of human trafficking

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Donard McCabe

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Woman arrested in Newry on suspicion of human trafficking

Woman arrested in Newry on suspicion of human trafficking

A woman was arrested in Newry in the early hours of Saturday morning, on suspicion of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The arrest was made in the Tandragee Road area of Newry, by officers from the modern slavery and human trafficking unit according to BBC News.

The woman remains in police custody, where BBC says she is also being held on suspicion of controlling prostitution and money laundering.

Commenting on the arrest, Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady, described the practice as "a particularly heinous form of organised crime" and he urged people to look out for the signs of slavery.

"Human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery is a particularly heinous form of organised crime which involves controlling or exploiting another person for financial gain and can include forcing someone to work against their will, refusing to pay them wages, or forcing them into prostitution.

"Vulnerable women and children in particular  are falsely enticed here by the prospects of employment, education and a better life, can find themselves the victims of domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.

"This cannot be allowed to continue. I urge people to be alert to this growing crime and to watch out for signs of slavery. Should they spot anything suspicious they should contact the Police immediately."