Two people charged with slavery offences

Following an investigation and the execution of a warrant officers have arrested two people on suspicion of slavery and servitude offences in the Wareham area – with both now having been charged.

A 60-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both from Wareham, were arrested in February 2014 on suspicion of benefit fraud offences. On Friday 12 September 2014 they were charged with servitude and fraud offences and will appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Monday 6 October 2014.

Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following the warrant four victims, all British nationals and aged between late thirties and early seventies, were removed from a location in Wareham.

“It is alleged that one of the victims had been held at the location for many years. All four people are being assisted by the relevant agencies and have been deemed to have been trafficked after going through the national referral mechanism.

“This was a detailed and thorough investigation over several months which has now led to these charges.”

Issued: 15 September 2014

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