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Modern Slavery Investigation: Eight People Charged
3:56pm 19th September 2014
(Updated 3:56pm 19th September 2014)
Eight people have been charged after a huge investigation into modern slavery in Cornwall and Devon.
The five women and three men were arrested after raids in Bodmin and Plymouth.
They appeared before Plymouth Magistrates Court on Friday morning, accused of plotting to traffick people into the UK.
The group have been remanded in custody, to appear before Plymouth Crown Court on the 6th October.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Eight people have been charged following a major police investigation into human trafficking and modern slavery in Plymouth and Cornwall.
"The five women and three men are charged with conspiracy to traffick persons into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation.
"They will appear before Plymouth Magistrates' Court this morning (19 September).
"The eight people were arrested on Tuesday (16 September) by police in a joint operation with Plymouth City Council, the National Crime Agency, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, The Salvation Army, The British Red Cross and the Department for Work and Pensions.
"Eight suspected victims of human trafficking were recovered by police and partner agencies and remain in the care of Plymouth City Council, The Salvation Army and the British Red Cross."
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