Three men arrested in escort agency bust
One man has been arrested on suspicion of eight counts of rape
14 January, 2021 — By Bronwen Weatherby
Nighttime raid sees three arrested
POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of multiple rapes after raids on homes in Camden, Holborn and Hanwell.
The 37-year-old, who has not yet been named, is suspected of eight allegations of rape, controlling prostitiution and fraud.
Two others were also arrested, aged 28 and 46 on suspicion of trafficking and money laundering.
The arrests come during an investigation by Met detectives into a escort business set up to exploit vulnerable women.
Women from across London with complex personal and financial issues were lured by the promise of a chance to earn money and were then told they were required to have sex with the owner as part of the recruitment process.
All the women are said to be aged between 17 and 26 and many of whom are students or have travelled to the UK from overseas.
Officers with the Met’s Specialist Crime Command executed three search warrants simultaneously at around 8pm last night (Wednesday).
All three men remain in police custody. Enquiries are continuing into the case.
Detective Inspector Mark Rogers, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Through exploitation of vulnerable people, criminal networks can generate revenue for other organised criminality and they need to be stopped.
“Our pursuit of criminals targeting vulnerable victims has remained undiminished throughout the pandemic.
“Protecting the vulnerable and bringing those responsible for exploiting others to justice is a key priority for the Met.”