Sheffield man arrested in human trafficking operation released by police

Callow Mount, Gleadless, SheffieldCallow Mount, Gleadless, Sheffield
Callow Mount, Gleadless, Sheffield
A Sheffield man arrested in a raid as part of a human trafficking operation has been released by detectives while enquiries continue.

The 30-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape at an address in Callow Mount, Gleadless Valley, yesterday morning.

Police officers carried out a series of coordinated raids in Sheffield and Stockton, Cleveland, as part of an operation into human trafficking, sexual exploitation and sex offences.

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Nine men, aged between 18 and 47, were arrested in Cleveland on suspicion of offences including rape, conspiracy to commit human trafficking, conspiracy to rape, blackmail, causing a female to engage in sexual activity and conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

They have all been released under investigation

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "Cleveland Police continues to investigate reports of human trafficking following a series of raids carried out in Stockton and Sheffield on Tuesday.

"During yesterday’s police operation a number of arrests were made."

Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “Tackling human trafficking and sexual exploitation is not just about police officers, we must all come together as a community if we are to make a real difference."