Brothel raided in Salisbury

Fisherton Street sign (Mike Draper)

Published by Ellie Harries at 12:36pm 3rd October 2018.

A 40-year-old woman from Hampshire was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in managing a brothel on Fisherton Street.

Police targeted an address on Salisbury's Fisherton Street on Thursday 20th September, as well as an address in Alton in Hampshire.

Two potential victims of modern slavery were identified at the Salisbury address as well as one at an address in Alton.

A woman was arrested at in Alton, on suspicion of human trafficking and on suspicion of money laundering, as well as on suspicion of being concerned in managing a brothel.

She has now been released under investigation.

Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter, Force Lead for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, said:

"People could be forgiven for thinking that because Wiltshire is one of the safest places to live and work in the country that these types of issues don't happen.

"Sadly, this is not the case and it is important that we educate our communities to spot the signs so they can help us stop modern slavery.

"I would urge the public to be aware of the potential signs of exploitation and use that information to not only report their concerns, but also to think of the human cost of the services they use so that informed decisions can be made".

HOW TO RECOGNISE A VICTIM OF MODERN SLAVERY

Victims of modern slavery and exploitation aren't always immediately obvious to spot, but there are some signs to look out for:

  • Working long hours 
  • Substance addiction
  • Chaperoned everywhere
  • Lack of possessions 
  • Language barriers
  • Passport held by someone else 
  • Lack of personal protective equipment
  • Lack of access to medical care, or strange injuries
  • Isolation
  • Money deducted from salary 
  • No keys. Can't come and go as they please
  • Malnutrition
  • Psychological trauma
  • Sporadic school attendance
  • Money withheld
  • Ritual abuse/witchcraft

Information from the public is vital in the fight against modern slavery. To report your concerns call police on 101 or if you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999 straight away.

You can also report anonymously via The National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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