Brent Council helps smash human trafficking ring

26 February 2020

A TEAM of experts from Brent Council have helped smash a suspected human trafficking ring during a multi-agency operation in north London.

Seven possible victims were safeguarded following police-led investigations into concerns about individuals employed in various barbershops across a total of 3 local authority areas.

They were identified as potential victims of human trafficking and were taken to a reception centre where they received medical treatment and support.

The operation involved officers from Brent, Barnet and Harrow Councils as well as NHS, charities, immigration services and Central Specialist Crime.

Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: “A huge well done to the team who took part in this important operation to safeguard some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

 “Many fall prey to criminals who exploit and ruin the lives of these destitute people, many of whom have travelled here for a better life but unfortunately become embroiled in human trafficking, modern slavery and sexual exploitation rackets because of their vulnerability.

 “We will continue to support our partners who carefully surveyed the criminals and their victims as part of this four-month long operation after concerns were raised by the public. We would urge everyone to become more aware of the signs of human trafficking and report anything they feel suspicious to the authorities.

 “Thankfully the victims can now start to rebuild their lives away from the criminal gangs who have injected terror into their daily lives.”

  • If you need help, or you think someone may be a victim of slavery or exploitation, call the confidential UK modern slavery helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: 08000 121 700
  • You can also report all concerns through the helpline website. https://www.unseenuk.org/
  • The operation took place on Wednesday, 12 February.