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Five held in suspected brothel raid

Officers raided a Chinese herbalist today suspected of being run as a brothel in direct view of a busy city centre police station.

The joint operation between Northumbria Police and the UK Border Agency involved around 50 officers, saw five people arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking and rescued two women allegedly being forced to work as prostitutes.

Two white men believed to be customers were also lead away from the Chinese Medical Centre, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.

The shop, in direct view of and less than 100 yards away from the city’s main police station, advertises massages, Chinese Viagra and treatments to boost sex drive in its window.

The UKBA said those suspected of being involved in sex trafficking and the rescued women were Chinese.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “Raids like this show the UKBA plays an important role in tackling gangs who exploit people for financial gain.

“The new trafficking strategy will be published shortly which, supported by the creation of the new National Crime Agency, will further improve our capability to intervene at the border.”


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