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May 19, 2006

UK: Op. Pentameter nets 6 involved in trafficking in Cheltenham

From the BBC: Sixth arrest in brothel inquiry
A sixth person has been arrested after a series of homes were raided as part of a people-smuggling investigation.

A woman aged 35 joins two men, aged 35 and 43, and three women aged 19, 28 and 46, who were held on suspicion of being concerned in the running of a brothel.

Police searched four Cheltenham houses as part of Operation Pentameter, a UK-wide crackdown on human trafficking.

Two Chinese women, thought to be involved in the sex trade, were found at one of the properties on Tuesday.

The latest arrest was made in Birmingham with the help of West Midlands Police.

Of the five people arrested in Cheltenham on Tuesday, a 28 year-old woman from Evesham and a woman aged 19 from the West Midlands were released on police bail until 28 July pending further enquiries.

A 35 year-old woman of no fixed address, a 43 year-old man from Cheltenham and a 46 year-old woman from Bristol remained in custody.

Operation Pentameter is a multi-agency initiative involving the police, the travel industry, government and partner groups across the UK and Europe.

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