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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Police search Beeston property in connection with people trafficking incident

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A woman who is believed to have been trafficked to the UK to work as a nanny fled her home in distress to report being assaulted.

The victim was reportedly brought over from Nigeria five years ago on false pretences when she was a teenager and was employed to be the nanny, but reportedly received no payment.

Officers have made an arrest in connection with the incident at around 9.45am yesterday (Wednesday 26 May) and also searched a property in Beeston.

Detective Inspector Nikki Smith of Nottinghamshire Police is leading the investigation.

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He said: “These are serious allegations relating to people trafficking a woman and an alleged assault. Acting on that intelligence, an arrest was made.

“Officers are investigating into the claims that a man reportedly controlled all her documents and regularly assaulted her.

“A member of public called the police after the woman went to a shop to ask for help.

“Following enquiries a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and assault. He has since been released under investigation.

“The victim is clearly emotional and the police are doing everything to support her welfare.

“Modern slavery can present in many forms and is a complex and often hidden crime.

“We work very closely with partner agencies to investigate and respond to concerns regarding anyone who is potentially a victim of modern day slavery.

“Increased awareness and training for first responders has significantly improved the way this type of abuse is being tackled. I would urge anyone with concerns regarding someone being exploited to contact the Police or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121700.”