From the Guardian:
Fifteen women have been rescued from sex traffickers in a major crackdown on brothels in Northern Ireland, it was announced today.
The women, who are from EU countries, were being forced to work as prostitutes in Belfast, the PSNI said. Police arrested three people in connection with the raids.
Detective Chief Superintendent Roy McComb, head of the PSNI organised crime branch, said: "This is modern-day slavery where human beings are treated like commodities by sophisticated organised crime gangs who are making substantial criminal profits from the sex trade.
"These gangs have no thought for the health and well-being of their victims. They see them simply as instruments to help them generate cash."