Three arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences in Newport

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences in Newport.

Officers carried out warrants at two addresses in Brickyard Lane, Newport, on Wednesday, September 23.

Around 70 officers were involved in Operation Canberra including from our Modern Day Slavery team. They were supported by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and other partner agencies including the Department for Work and Pensions and Newport City Council.

The operation falls under Operation Jigsaw – our response to tackling the most serious and organised crime in Gwent.

Three people from Newport were arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences, fraud and an offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

They were:

  • Two men aged 55 and 31
  • 55-year-old woman

They have since been released under investigation.

A large quantity of cash – believed to be more than £100,000 - was also seized during the operation.

Modern slavery encompasses: slavery, human trafficking, forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude. 

Detective Inspector Michelle Chaplin said: "We are committed to working with our partners to identify and support victims of modern day slavery. Victims of these kind of offences are often too scared to come forward or may not even realise that they are being exploited. I would urge anyone with any information or who suspects that someone is being treated in this way to contact us so they can receive the appropriate help and support.

“Anyone with information can call us on 101 or send a direct message to our Gwent Police Facebook and Twitter social media pages. 

“Alternatively if someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the police, then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent and guarantees complete anonymity, by calling 0800 555 111.

“Support is also available via the Modern Day Slavery Help line - 08000 121 700.”