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Arrests made in West Sussex sex trafficking case
1:15pm Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
Police investigating sex trafficking made two arrests today linked to the disappearance of teenage girls from social services care while living in West Sussex.
A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were detained in Enfield, north London, on suspicion of trafficking.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of abduction.
They were targeted as part of an investigation into alleged trafficking of young women from West Africa into Europe for sexual exploitation.
The arrests were linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls from the care of Surrey social services in Worthing in March, the Home Office said.
Chief immigration officer Jonathan Bush, from the UK Border Agency, said: "We believe we have disrupted a significant organised crime group suspected of being involved in the trafficking of young women into Europe through London.
"We have made two arrests at the address we visited. Today's arrests were part of a six-month investigation. That investigation will continue with the evidence we have seized today."
The pair are being questioned at police stations in London.