Trafficked person working ‘against their will’ rescued from brothel operating in Sheffield

A trafficked person working against their will was rescued by the police from a brothel operating in Sheffield.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 11:27 am

South Yorkshire Police said following community concerns, officers from the Sheffield North West neighbourhood policing team visited a property and found that it was being used as a brothel.

They found a trafficked person ‘who appeared to have been coerced against their will under false pretenses’.

The individual was rescued from the brothel and is now being supported by specialist agencies.

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South Yorkshire Police found somebody being forced to work against their will in a brothel in Sheffield (Photo: Getty)

South Yorkshire Police said: “Sheffield North West neighbourhood policing team engaged with many local community groups and during the course of doing this suspicions were conveyed that a local property was being used as a brothel.

“PC Sarah Forsythe, PC Darcy Hope and PC Laura Thompson teamed up and attended the address confirming suspicions and finding a person who appeared to have been coerced against their will under false pretences.

“A great deal of work was done to safeguard the individual, gather vital information and consider referrals to what we refer to as the National Referring Mechanism to seek ways both to protect a trafficked person and seek to build evidence to identify those that lead such ventures.

“Neighbourhood policing can be a real variety of activities and I've included this example to show just that. The team worked very closely with specialist officers from the modern slavery team once initial actions had been taken.”

To report concerns or information on crimes, call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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