Eight charged after slavery raids in Devon and Cornwall

Slavery raid
Image caption The raids involved staff from the National Crime Agency

Eight people arrested by police in Devon and Cornwall investigating alleged slavery offences and people trafficking have been charged.

Police arrested the eight - five women and three men aged between 25 and 37 - during four raids in Plymouth and one in Bodmin earlier this week.

They were charged with offences related to conspiracy over labour exploitation.

At Plymouth Magistrates' Court, they were remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court on 6 October.

Those charged were:

  • Lenka Cmejlova, 32, of Union Street, Plymouth
  • Nela Dzurkova, 26, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth
  • Katerina Kuriova, 35, of Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth
  • Jiri Sebelik, 37, of Union Street, Plymouth
  • Martin Tancos, 35, of Saltash Road, Plymouth
  • Petr Tancos, 35, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth
  • Sandra Tancosova, 25, of Flora Court, Plymouth
  • Ruzena Tancosova, 34, of Union Street, Plymouth

The suspects, all originally from eastern Europe, were arrested in raids which were part of Operation Triage, which was launched in March.

They were arrested after the raids on Tuesday in which seven men, believed to be Czech nationals, were rescued, police said.

Officers added that 13 children, thought to be linked to the suspects, were also found at the addresses by police and social services and taken to a place of safety.

The operation also involved Plymouth City Council and the National Crime Agency.

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