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Pop up brothels are flooding Swindon with foreign prostitutes and going in days before moving on to other towns and cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle & Middlesbrough.

Wiltshire Police confirmed that every week as many of 40 new sex-workers are flooding Swindon before heading to another town or city.

Police are dealing with reports of temporary brothels in which rooms are rented for a few days and then they are gone to ensure they evade detection.

Where rooms can’t be found such as in Cumbria they are booking hotel rooms in the lakes and booking the services online.

It is believed they are part of a “transient” crime gang who are trafficking women from Poland and Romania.

Devon and Cornwall Police have already said they had discovered 14 pop-up brothels in the last six months in Newquay which is popular with stag and hen parties.

The numbers discovered are believed to be the tip of the iceberg with more expected to be found in the summer.

The business has all now got to grips with the latest technology and social media. The women no longer need to leave the rooms they are renting it’s all based on the internet now.

Cumbria Police confirmed that hotel guests in the Lake District had contacted police to inform them hotel rooms were being used as brothels offering weekend stays. Officers say these crime gangs are all linked to human trafficking along with refugees.

 

The National Police Chiefs Council said that pop up brothels is now widespread, properties are rented and then they are gone after a few days to another town or city. However, Swindon does appear to be more ‘extensive’ than anywhere else in the UK.Det Sgt Chris Hitchcock of Wiltshire Police said: “Many of these women move between addresses within the town as well as outside of it. “Of these 40, we estimate they populate 20 to 30 brothels in short-term to medium-term rental properties.” He added that officers “look to intervene and see if we can offer safeguarding, and see if organised crime is involved, as often as we can”.

Sgt Chris Hitchcock of Wiltshire Police said: “Many of these women move between addresses within the town as well as outside of it. “Of these 40, we estimate they populate 20 to 30 brothels in short-term to medium-term rental properties.” He added that officers “look to intervene and see if we can offer to safeguard, and see if organised crime is involved, as often as we can”.

A spokeswoman for the NPCC said: “We have seen an increase in the set-up of pop-up brothels across a number of force areas. While this is relatively widespread, it is still an emerging issue and does not present consistently across the country.

“The reports from Newquay have raised new challenges as it is the first time that we have been made aware of holiday lettings being used locally in this way. We will be developing more intelligence to ensure we protect those who may be victims of slavery and sex trafficking.”

Wiltshire Police has confirmed they are monitoring almost 190 women believe to be involved in sex work within the Swindon area.

Det Sgt Chris Hitchcock of Wiltshire Police said: “Many of these women move between addresses within the town as well as outside of it. “Of these 40, we estimate they populate 20 to 30 brothels in short-term to medium-term rental properties.” He added that officers “look to intervene and see if we can offer to safeguard, and see if organised crime is involved, as often as we can”.

The problem of pop-up brothels is also persistent in Middlesbrough where it is believed they are occupying the Linthorpe area, Sex workers have always been a problem within this area.

 

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