Sex trade operation to be used nationally

A POLICE operation designed to stamp out sex trafficking in Cambridgeshire will be used as a model for similar operations nationally. As reported in The Hunts Post last month, police in the county have been involved in Operation Radium, identifying sex wo

A POLICE operation designed to stamp out sex trafficking in Cambridgeshire will be used as a model for similar operations nationally.

As reported in The Hunts Post last month, police in the county have been involved in Operation Radium, identifying sex workers and the criminals who exploit them.

Detectives involved in the operation have now been asked to explain how it was set up to other teams from across the UK, who will be mounting their own campaigns to tackle sex trafficking.

DCI Sue Talbot attended a national briefing in London, explaining to more than 80 officers from other forces how Radium was set up.

The operation was launched in the county in early August with an appeal to the public for information about gangs responsible for enslaving and auctioning young girls from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East.

DCI Talbot said: "Cambridgeshire has taken a leading role in tackling the trafficking trade. Although we are very much part of the national operation, we launched Operation Radium and began the fight against organised crime and sex trafficking as soon as we realised it was a problem."

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Head of Operation Radium DCI Kevin Vanterpool said: "Being asked to explain how to set up an operation like this to so many other police forces is a feather in the force's cap."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information on sex trafficking can contact police on 0845 456 456 4.

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