House raid in ‘exploitation’ probe

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A house has been raided by police investigating a report of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

Two women were taken from the house in Cowley Road, Oxford, and are now being offered support by specially trained officers and others. There were no arrests.

Eleven officers from Thames Valley Police carried out the raid last night under Section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

The action follows a series of raids in which a guesthouse and seven other properties were searched by police investigating sexual exploitation in Oxford.

A police spokesman said that last night’s raid was not connected to the previous ones but had come about after a member of the public contacted them having heard about the other action being taken against alleged exploitation.

Sergeant Neil Applegarth said: “Officers attended the house at 6pm after receiving some information relating to the possible exploitation of women.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and so I ask if anyone has any information to contact us immediately.

“Again I want to thank the local residents for their patience as they face inconvenience for the second evening in a row. If anyone knows someone that might be at risk of sexual exploitation, please contact us on 101.”

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