Swindon hotel staff trained to recognise trafficking victims

Hotel staff are being trained by police to recognise victims of human trafficking.

It follows recent incidents involving overseas women being taken to hotels in the Swindon area to be sold for sex.

Wiltshire Police said staff were being briefed to report anything suspicious, recognise issues and work with officers to tackle the problem.

A spokeswoman said: "We want to try and raise awareness and put more procedures in place to stop this from happening."

She said it was a growing problem in the town.

'Acted immediately'

In a recent incident, police received an anonymous call from someone who had visited a hotel for sex worker and "had become concerned" about the age of the person they met there.

"The hotel staff were excellent in reference to that and they acted immediately," she said.

Martin Couchman from the British Hospitality Association said he "welcomes" the scheme.

He said it was not always easy to spot people who are involved in human trafficking and that is where advice from the police comes in.

Recent government figures suggest the number of human trafficking cases uncovered in the UK has risen by 25% in the last year.

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