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Illegal immigrants arrested in Salisbury
TWO illegal immigrants from Albania have been arrested after police found them working at a car wash in Salisbury.
Officers swooped on car washes throughout the county on Thursday in support of a national campaign to tackle human trafficking in the UK. Inquiries were carried out at several locations in Salisbury, Swindon and Melksham and more than 50 people were spoken to by police.
A considerable number of people from eastern European countries were found to be working in contravention of their immigration status in the UK. Four arrests were made – two in Salisbury and two in Swindon.
The campaign – called Operation Eagle - saw Wiltshire Police officers supported by the UK Borders Agency, HMRC, UK Human Trafficking Centre and interpreters.
Wiltshire Police say they will continue to gather information, build relationships with people who may be victims of trafficking or exploitation and provide reassurance to local communities.
DI Matt Davey, who led Wiltshire’s Operation Eagle, said: “This operation was tremendously successful in engaging with hard to reach communities, identifying potential victims of exploitation and enriching our local understanding of the issues.
“Often, this sort of crime is hidden from public view and victims who might be vulnerable to modern day slavery or human trafficking feel unable to approach the police due to being fearful and possibly intimidated by others.
“We are working to ensure that the considerable amount of intelligence that was gathered during the course of the day is shared effectively so that that those identified as being victims of exploitation can be offered the appropriate advice and support.”
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