Over 100 officers carry out human trafficking and exploitation operation in Fife

OVER 100 officers carried out a human trafficking and exploitation operation at 10 addresses in Fife yesterday. It came in response to concerns of overcrowding and houses of multiple occupancy.

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Cops carried out a human trafficking operation in FifeCredit: Alamy

Police Scotland revealed they were working to “identify any hidden harm”. Cops, council workers, the UK Border Agency and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority interviewed 38 adults at residencies in Glenrothes, Kilsyth, Rosyth, Cupar and Freuchie.

A total of 12 children were found to be living at the various Fife addresses.


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Fife Council officers worked to probe housing concerns – with the majority of occupants staying at their current houses. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham of Fife Police Division, said: “The focus of our activity was very much on ensuring the welfare and safety of individuals living and working in Fife. “This was not enforcement action; rather we were working to identify any hidden harm.

Over 100 officers carry out human trafficking and exploitation operation in Fife

“Working with partners, we visited several addresses where concerns had been raised for the occupants, or where intelligence suggested there could be potential individuals at risk of exploitation or subject to human trafficking.

“A voluntary interview was then carried out with those individuals identified, in conjunction with the relevant partners, so that we could ensure they were safe and well. “A reception centre in Glenrothes was set up so that advice and assistance could be given to those who required it, with interpretation services available so that everyone could engage with the relevant services appropriately.


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“We understand that human exploitation and trafficking is extremely emotive and, where criminality is identified, we will always conduct a thorough and robust investigation in conjunction with international law enforcement and other agencies to stop this from happening and seek justice for victims. “We all have a role to play in identifying and protecting those at risk of harm. “I would ask the public to be aware of their neighbours, colleagues, premises and businesses they visit, and to report concerns for anyone they may think is at risk of harm, exploitation, or a potential victim of human trafficking so that we can address these appropriately.”

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  1. ^ Twelve migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in Belgium a week after 39 bodies found in similar lorry in Britain (bit.ly)
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