Five remanded in custody over Greater Manchester 'trafficking ring'

Five people have been remanded in custody on human trafficking charges involving a woman who was allegedly almost tricked into an abortion.

The charges concern a 20-year-old from Slovakia allegedly sold by a Greater Manchester gang who organised her sham marriage to a man facing deportation.

Four men and a woman will appear at Minshull Street Crown Court next month.

Police said immigration services had also dealt with three men for overstaying their visas.

The five suspects have been charged with conspiracy to hold another person in slavery or servitude and conspiracy to intentionally arrange or facilitate entry into the UK of a person with a view to their exploitation.

They are Mohammed Ali, 40, and Hateji Yakuyb, 57, both of Ashfield Road in Rochdale; Anna Cicakova, 34, and Malik Ramzan, 27, both of Wesley Street in Failsworth; and Rehman Ghani, 39, of St Heliers Drive in Cheetham Hill.

They are due to attend court on 5 December.

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