POLICE investigating the trafficking of young women from Africa have made arrests in connection with the disappearance of two teenage girls from Worthing.
A 34-year-old British man and a 25-year-old Nigerian woman were detained in Enfield, north London, on suspicion of trafficking.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of abduction.
The arrests were linked to the disappearance of two teenage girls who were placed in a private Worthing care home in March by Surrey County Council, the Home Office said.
The joint UK Border Agency and Border Force investigation, codenamed Operation Hudson, has involved law enforcement agencies in Britain and abroad.
It is targeting a number of organised crime groups suspected of trafficking young women, via London, for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
Chief immigration officer Jonathan Bush, from the UK Border Agency, said: “We believe we have disrupted a significant organised crime group suspected of being involved in the trafficking of young women into Europe through London.
“We have made two arrests at the address we visited. Today’s arrests were part of a six-month investigation. That investigation will continue with the evidence we have seized today.”
The pair are being questioned at police stations in London.
Anyone who has information about immigration crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.