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Five charged over alleged 'trafficking and prostitution ring'

Five people have been charged after a raid on an alleged trafficking and prostitution ring in west London.

The three women and two men, arrested in Kensington and Chelsea on Tuesday, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

The five charged, aged between 27 and 44, have been accused of offences linked to prostitution.

The Met said a 30-year-old woman and a man, 51, had been released on police bail.

Tatiana Shmyrova, 44, of Brompton Park Crescent, in Fulham, west London, has been charged with conspiracy to traffic persons into the UK for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to control prostitution for gain.

Natalia Cannon, 33, of Harbour Reach, The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, in west London, faces the same allegation.

Irina Bespalova, 31, of Brompton Park Crescent, in Fulham; Michael Poole, 27, of Hazelwood Lane, in Enfield, north London and Richard Gorecki, 36, of Caspian Walk, in Newham, east London, have all been charged with conspiracy to control prostitution for gain.

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