Two arrested in raid on Nuneaton ‘brothel’

Jan 11 2008

by Emma Stone and Siân Powell

POLICE have arrested two women after raiding a suspected brothel in Nuneaton.

Officers from the Serious Organised Crime Team swooped on a house in Coleshill Road as part of a national police operation.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking, managing a brothel and being an illegal immigrant.

She was last night being questioned by police.

A 35-year-old woman was also arrested during the raid on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and for possessing a firearm – a can of pepper spray.

She has since been cautioned and released for immigration inquiries.

The house was raided at 12.50pm on Wednesday, as part of national police campaign Pentameter 2, which aims to rescue men, women and children victims of human trafficking from sexual exploitation.

Neighbours in Coleshill Road said they were not surprised when police raided the terraced home, opposite Chapel End Social Club.

One neighbour, Alan Adams, who lives next door, said: “We used to see blokes coming and going.

“I’ve got a bit of damp in my house and I went round there one day to knock on their door to see if it was coming through.”

He said the door was answered by a woman wearing fishnet stockings and a short skirt.

 

He added: “I made a sharp exit and that was that.”

Mr Adams said he was not shocked by the raid.

Another neighbour, who works at Chapel End Social Club, said the raid had been a major talking point for regulars.

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “We used to see chaps going in the door, going in for a while and coming back out.”

She said the house had been the subject of talk for the past three months.

She said: “You just keep your nose to yourself, that’s the best way.

“But the next thing they [the police] came and put all the tape round it and shut it off.”

Pentameter 2 is a Home Office-led campaign launched in October 2007.

A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Penta-meter is an on-going operation to tackle young women and girls being transported into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation and the harm this causes to the general community.

“Anyone who has information about this sort of activity in Warwickshire is asked to call Crime-stoppers, where their call will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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