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Harrogate house raided in human trafficking probe
4:49pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
FOUR people were arrested today on suspicion of human trafficking following raids in Harrogate and Huddersfield.
Officers from the UK Border Agency's criminal and financial investigation team raided a house in Harrogate and three houses and three businesses in Huddersfield this morning.
Three women, aged 35, 37 and 55, and a man were taken to police stations across Yorkshire for questioning. The investigation is ongoing.
Detective Inspector Adrian Watkins, of the UK Border Agency CFI Team, said: "We have arrested four individuals who we believe are part of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of people from Pakistan to the UK. These individuals have now been taken into custody for questioning.
"Human trafficking is an extremely serious crime, which exploits some of society's most vulnerable people. The UK Border Agency will not hesitate in taking the strongest possible action against those involved."
The business raided in Huddersfield were Haq and Sanderson Immigration Ltd in Hillhouse Lane, Ezaah Tailorz in Lockwood Road and Ezaah Boutiques in Blacker Road.