SEVEN people have been arrested in a raid in Binfield this morning (Wednesday, March 20).
As we went to press last night, Thames Valley Police confirmed that officers had this morning executed warranted at an address in Maidenhead Road, all in relation to potential modern slavery offences.
The offences including modern slavery, drug production and fraud by false representation.
Two were arrested on suspicion of Modern Slavery offences, one person was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production of a controlled drug and four people were arrested on suspicion of Fraud by false representation.
All are currently in police custody.
Thames Valley Police said that it coordinated a multi-agency response to reports of Modern slavery in the village.
Detective Inspector Dean Brown, said: “Modern Slavery is often when people are completely exploited by another person for their commercial gain. This operation is part of our Stronghold campaign which aims to work in partnership to tackle serious and organised crime and also protect vulnerable people.
“It is vitally important that anyone who notices any suspicious activity or is worried about someone should come forward and report concerns as victims may not always recognise themselves as such.”
He added that it is not always possible to identify if someone is involved in the practice.
“The signs of modern slavery aren’t always obvious but there are some that you may notice,” he said. “These include people being withdrawn, unable to make eye contact, or being reluctant to talk to strangers. Their appearance may be unkempt, they may appear malnourished, or show signs of physical or psychological injury.
“They may also have inappropriate clothing or equipment for their job and be working long hours for little or no pay.
“Their accommodation may be overcrowded and poorly maintained.
“They may lack some basic freedoms, such as not having access to their identity or travel documents, and have their movements restricted.
He continued: “Keeping people safe from harm is all of our responsibility. To make a report please call Thames Valley Police’s non-emergency number, 101.
“If you have any concerns about modern slavery – whether you need to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice – please call the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.”