Ex-policeman acquitted in sex trafficking case

Ian Shuttleworth Former policeman Ian Shuttleworth was accused of the charges in 2008

A former Merseyside Police officer who was facing sex trafficking charges in Thailand has been acquitted, the Foreign Office (FCO) has confirmed.

Ian Shuttleworth was accused in 2008 of luring Thai women to London under false promises of a job in a restaurant.

Thai police said they believed the women were then sold to brothel owners.

Mr Shuttleworth, formerly of St Helens on Merseyside, was acquitted on Monday but must wait for the outcome of a prosecution appeal.

He is due back in court on 8 December, an FCO spokeswoman said.

Merseyside Police said Mr Shuttleworth had been arrested "a number of years" after working for the force.

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