Three men arrested for modern slavery offences

Police investigating modern day slavery in Greater Manchester have raided a car wash in Levenshulme.

Three men aged 20, 31 and 37, were arrested at addresses across South Manchester and 10 potential victims of slavery were rescued.

Officers executed warrants at the Drive and Shine Carwash on Stockport Road in Levenshulme, and neighbouring properties, as part of an on-going investigation into modern slavery, being run in collaboration with officers from the Czech Republic.

Greater Manchester Police said the potential victims - men in their 20s and 30s - are now being supported and are helping officers with their enquiries.

Detective Inspector John Robb said: “Following a difficult and thorough investigation we have today been in a position to execute warrants and arrest three men on suspicion of modern slavery offences.

“Today marks a significant step for us in our attempts to free those who find themselves victims of modern day slavery, and bring those who profit from the lives of other people to justice.

“We have been working with colleagues in the Czech Republic on this investigation and continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry to ensure that we find every victim and stop every perpetrator.”

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