Five people have been arrested in East Sussex as part of an investigation into modern slavery offences.

Det Sgt Sophie McGarel said


'the workers, mainly from Romania, had been charged for inadequate training, and housed in inadequate accommodation, paying excessive rent'

Closure of Brothel in Hastings

Five women who were trafficked to Hastings “for the purpose of sexual exploitation” have been removed to safety following the closure of a brothel in Russell Street.


Sergeant Simon Barden of Sussex Police, who is leading the operation, said

 'information from members of the public had played an important role in prompting the investigation'

Man arrested for Modern Slavery in Eastbourne

The 49-year-old, from South Wales, was interviewed by officers on Sunday (August 11) under the suspicion of the production of cannabis and modern slavery. 

He was later released on police bail until September 7 while enquiries continue. 

A spokesperson for the force said, “A man and a woman identified during the initial enquiries are safe. 

“The investigation is at an early stage and no further information is being released at this time.”

Car Washes in Bexhill, Northiam and Robertsbridge issued warnings

Operators of five car washes in Rother have been warned over failures in how they treat their staff, according to a council spokesman.

Inspections by Rother District Council (RDC) found all of them were failing to comply with health and safety legislation or to pay their workers the minimum wage.

Civil Penalty notice issued totalling £15,000

The Chilli Tree Asian Cuisine, located in King Offa Way, Bexhill, was served with a civil penalty notice totalling £15,000 following an intelligence-led visit by immigration enforcement officers on January 27, 2018

Discovery achieved recognition at National awards

A multi-agency East Sussex anti-modern slavery partnership has achieved recognition in a national fraud prevention award scheme.

The East Sussex-based Discovery project pools the skills and resources of investigators from Sussex Police, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, DWP, HMRC, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, the Home Office and other groups, aided by a co-ordinator from the UK's leading anti-slavery charity ‘Stop the Traffik’ – who provides training and awareness on the subject to local organisations and businesses.

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling migrants through Newhaven Port

A lorry driver found with 21 illegal migrants hidden in crates has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Andrut Duma was stopped at the port of Newhaven, East Sussex, with 11 children and 10 adults inside his refrigerated lorry carrying sparkling water.


The Vietnamese nationals had been packed into wooden crates and taken across the Channel from Dieppe, France, in November.

Guildford Crown Court heard the crates were made from poor quality wood and overloaded with water to the point they were at risk of collapse.

The migrants, the youngest of whom was 12, would have had no way of escape in an emergency, and one told officials they had been travelling in the trailer for seven hours.

Man jailed for using false identities to source hundreds of properties for crime

A Chinese national has been jailed for using false identities to source hundreds of properties for organised crime.

Feng Xu, 43, was arrested at his flat in Holiday Street, Birmingham on 14 May.

Officers found a stash of 31 different false or fraudulent Chinese or Portuguese passports, along with numerous ID documents and £94,000 cash.

A computer database was recovered and had listing of 446 different addresses which Xu had been involved in renting out. 

He also use a variety of fake identities and aliases supported by false documents such as pay slips, utility bills and bank statements, all made himself.

Catching the traffickers: Sussex Police crackdown on modern slavery

A major operation took place in Sussex on Monday 13th January 2020 to find victims of modern slavery and the criminals who exploit them.

It is thought across the country, thousands of people are working in appalling conditions, often for less than the minimum wage, or for nothing.

DC Amanda Snashall from Sussex Police said:

"They could potentially be illegal immigrants, they could be English people, the homeless, people that we have on the street can often be exploited in the construction industry. It also works around your fruit packers, your factory workers."



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