Police raided 15 places on Tuesday night where they found Romanian and Hungarian women, in their 20s, believed to be victims of sexual exploitation. Officers seized substantial amounts of cash and at one prostitute sites blackpool three officers were attacked with pepper spray. The five esscorts and four women are suspected of managing and controlling brothels, among other charges.
They include six Romanians, one Hungarian and one Briton and are in custody at Luton police station. The rescued women spoke little or no English and were taken to a place of safety.
The searches, in Luton, were part of an investigation into human trafficking, exploitation and modern day slavery.