British and Romanian police arrested 14 people on Wednesday as a result of coordinated attacks on alleged organized criminals involved in human trafficking, London police said.
Police raided several facilities in London, including the elite Kensington and Chelsea quarters, on Wednesday, and arrested two men and four women between the ages of 25 and 39.
The detainees “are believed to be trafficking women from Romania to the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation, running an allegedly upscale escort business in London,” it added.
Two Romanian women have been found inside the property and are receiving police support, Met said, also seized drugs, money and a samurai sword.
Romanian police raided the same alleged organized crime group in Romania, arresting seven men and one woman and seizing several luxury cars, money and property.
The group was set up in the capital, Bucharest, and has been active for the past 10 years, according to the Romanian Mafia Office (DIICOT).
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The victims were advertised “on various escort websites in the UK and described as sex traffickers,” the report said.
He added that the suspects earned about three million euros ($ 3.2 million) from exploiting the victims.
Some were minors and socially vulnerable, including a 17-year-old Romanian girl with whom the suspect had sex, filmed it and then used footage to blackmail her, DIICOT said.
“Unfortunately, this type of exploitation is still happening all over London,” said Detective Inspector Jim Madden of the Metro.
“Met’s modern slavery team is working around the clock to identify people involved in human trafficking and those who are subsequently sexually exploited,” he added.