Two men have been arrested by South Yorkshire Police in raids over human trafficking and ‘modern day slavery’.
Two men have been arrested over human trafficking and modern day slavery by South Yorkshire Police.
The 28-year-old man from Worsbrough, Barnsley, and a 46-year-old from Eastwood, Rotherham, have now been released on bail.
The raids were a joint operation into adult labour exploitation carried out by police and the Gangmasters Licencing Authority.
Detective Sergeant Jamie Henderson said: “We are focused on identifying victims of suspected trafficking and ensuring they are protected and cared for as a matter of priority.”
He added: “This is one of the first operations of its kind here in South Yorkshire.
“It has been a complex and difficult investigation and police have worked closely with a range of partner agencies to share information, expertise, and intelligence.”
The investigation started in July after potential instances of forced labour, trafficking, and unlicensed gangmaster activity were identified.
The operation involved staff from police, the GLA and other organisations.
Dave Powell, Senior Investigating Officer for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, added: “The aim of the GLA is to work in partnership to protect vulnerable workers and we will continue to use all ethical and lawful means to relentlessly pursue criminals who seek to exploit other human beings.”