Four arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after police discover brothel
PUBLISHED: 08:54 21 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 21 August 2019
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences after a brothel was discovered in Norwich.
Officers attended a property on Spencer Street on Monday after concerns were raised for the welfare of people at the address.
Three men, aged 20, 24 and 49, and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where they remain in custody and will be questioned.
Police identified one victim at the address, who is being supported by specially trained officers.
Neighbours in the street said they had seen the police at the property - and were not surprised.
One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: "It's a brothel, isn't it?
"You see men coming at every hour of the day, starting at 7am in the morning and continuing until 1.30am.
"It's been there for a while, but the activity has increased over the past eight weeks or so.
"You also see the girls standing on the street corners."
He added that the police had taken away a 4x4 during the arrests.
Another couple said they were not in very much, so had not been aware of anything unusual at the address.
Detective inspector Chris Burgess, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area today and we are keen to hear from local residents who may have information concerning any activity at the property.
"Sexual exploitation is often a hidden crime, involving vulnerable people specifically targeted which is why we take such offences so seriously."
Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101.