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Irish travellers targeted in latest UK anti-slavery raid

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Irish travellers targeted in latest UK anti-slavery raid

BRITISH police raided a caravan park in Oxford this week as part of an operation to break up a suspected slavery racket.

Ten people were arrested in the anti-slavery raids in which 150 officers from Thames Valley Police took part.

The investigation, known as Operation Rague, “relates to human exploitation, slavery and fraud offences”, according to police.

Nine men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of offences including servitude and slavery, assault, making threats to kill and fraud, police said.

Supt Andy Boyd, of Thames Valley Police, said the "alleged offences are matters which are taken extremely seriously".

"Our priority at this time is to care for those individuals who have been subject to these offences.

"At this time we are caring for those individuals with our colleagues in the local health service and the local authority," he said.

On Friday, Helen Collins (44) of Redbridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, has been charged fraud and conspiracy to use slave labour.

Read how one well-known bare-knuckle boxer is also facing slavery charges in tomorrow's Sunday World.