Eastbourne arrests over trafficking women

Two people have been arrested in Eastbourne in an ongoing investigation into the alleged trafficking of women.

They were arrested yesterday (Thursday) as part of Operation Amber, a UK Border Agency-led investigation.

The pair, both Hungarian men aged 34 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking for sexual exploitation into and within the UK, controlling prostitution for gain and money laundering offences.

It followed a raid on an address in Sovereign Harbour by officers from the Agency’s South East Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team at around 10am.

The pair are both being questioned by UK Border Agency investigators at a police station in Sussex.

Mark Rickard, who heads the UK Border Agency’s South East CFI team, said, “These are the latest arrests in what is an ongoing investigation into the alleged trafficking of women for the purposes of prostitution.

“Human trafficking is a horrific crime and we are determined to do our part to stop it.”

Three people have previously been charged with trafficking offences and remanded in custody as part of the Operation Amber investigation. They were arrested following an operation in Croydon in October.