After executing search warrants in Wirral this morning a 37 year old man from Bebington, together with a 36 year old woman from Liscard, were arrested by Merseyside Police on suspicion of human trafficking offences.
The warrants at addresses on Liscard Road and Westminster Road in Wallasey, Wallasey Road in Liscard, Sunnybank and Cedar Avenue in Bebington, and Upton Road in Moreton form part of a police operation investigating such activity.
Detective Sergeant Tara Denn said: “Offenders involved in human trafficking prey on extremely vulnerable people, often people who have come from a foreign country, do not know the language and are desperate to provide for themselves and their families. The offenders callously exploit that desperation for their own ends, and we are determined to put a stop to that.
“We are asking the public and employers to be vigilant around the potential for victims of human trafficking to be living and working in their communities.
“We want local people to be the eyes and ears of their communities. If you suspect something isn’t right, please trust your instincts and pick up the phone – it might be nothing, but one phone call could be all it takes to change somebody’s life for the better and ensure justice is done.
“The police have officers who are specially trained to investigate these crimes with expertise and sensitivity and I would encourage anyone who is a victim or has information to find the courage to come forward and report it to their local police force.”
Anyone with information on human trafficking is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.