3 arrests in raids as London escort agency forced women to have initiation sex with owner – MyLondon



Specialist police officers have arrested a man on suspicion of rape following evening raids in Camden, Holborn and Hanwell.

At about 8pm on Wednesday, 13 January detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command conducted three search warrants simultaneously at homes in the North and West London boroughs after receiving information about an escort business.

Vulnerable women across London with personal and financial issues were lured into working for the online business as a chance to earn money. As part of the recruitment process to get jobs, however, the escort agency required that they have sex with the owner.

The victims range between 17 to 26-years-old with many being students from overseas.

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MyLondon has also received reports of escort agencies operating in lockdown with multiple women at a time being driven to different homes across London.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of eight allegations of rape, controlling prostitution and fraud. A further two men, aged 28 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking and money laundering.

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Detective Inspector Mark Rogers, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Our pursuit of criminals targeting vulnerable victims has remained undiminished throughout the pandemic.

“Protecting the vulnerable and bringing those responsible for exploiting others to justice is a key priority for the Met. Through exploitation of vulnerable people, criminal networks can generate revenue for other organised criminality and they need to be stopped.”

Enquiries into the circumstances continue whilst the three men remain in custody.