Police are assuring people across the county that they will not tolerate human trafficking on our streets.
The force is in full support of Operation Eagle – a national campaign against slavery and the exploitation of humans for sex and servitude.
Tomorrow is national Anti-Slavery Day and officers aim to raise awareness of the issue, as well as the force’s role in identifying possible victims.
Earlier this month, Hungarian Robert Turai was jailed for trafficking women into the UK and prostituting them in a Berkhamsted brothel. As part of Operation Eagle, officers also carried out a warrant at a Tring nail bar on Tuesday, arresting four people.
Det Insp Steve Keating of the county’s economic crime unit said: “Human trafficking is a vile crime that results in humans being exploited for the benefit of others.
“People who play a part in this evil trade are criminals, purely and simply,and we want to send out a message that we won’t tolerate it.
“It’s hard for us to know the true extent of human trafficking in the UK. But we know one thing for sure —it is very real. It’s happening on our streets, in our communities, on our doorstep.
“We want everyone to understand they can play a role in dealing with this despicable crime, which is fast becoming one of the most profitable ways organised crime groups can make money.
“We also want people to be aware that trafficked victims may be working in places you might not normally consider, like car washes, high street nail bars and massage parlours.
“They may also be forced to work as cleaners, nannies, au pairs, or for domestic labour.”
If you suspect someone may be a victim of trafficking, call police on 101. If a crime is in progress, call 999.