Man And Woman Charged With Modern Slavery Crimes In Northants
A man and a woman have been charged with 11 counts of human trafficking and modern slavery crimes in Northants.
A total of five arrests took place in the town of Corby in the county of Northamptonshire in the early hours of 20th October.
The police said that “two people have been charged with 11 counts of modern slavery and human trafficking offences” following the major police swoop in Corby.
The police said: “More than 70 officers from Northamptonshire Police took part in a series of warrants in the town in the early hours of Wednesday morning October 20.
“Five people were arrested in connection with an ongoing modern slavery and human trafficking investigation with further arrests for the cultivation of and possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of firearms.”
Detective Inspector Nick Cobley said: “It’s been a three-year investigation and we’ve been trying to frontload our evidence so that when we go through the doors we can actually take these offenders and make sure they’re not back out on the streets afterwards to give victims of this crime some reassurance.
“Modern slavery is a fairly new type of criminality, it came into effect in 2015 and this particular offending looks at the trafficking of people, foreign nationals in this case, into the country and then the exploitation of those victims through the money they have made from employment as well.
“Our activity has been building a case around those key perpetrators and offenders who orchestrate this activity over a number of years.”
“This is on our patch, in our community, and it’s something we need to stamp out as swiftly as we can.
“Serious and organised crime is one of Northamptonshire Police’s matters of priority and human slavery features heavily within that area.”
A 41-year-old woman, Lyda Petraviciute, and a 35-year-old man, Laisvydas Urbaitis, have been charged with five and six counts respectively of human trafficking and modern slavery offences, and both are being kept in custody until their appearance at Northampton Magistrates Court.
Meanwhile, a 43-year-old man has been released on bail for drugs and firearms offences, a 23-year-old man has been released under investigation for drugs and modern slavery offences, and a 38-year-old woman is due to be questioned.