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Pop up brothels are flooding the UK from Swindon

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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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Gaia Pope no injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death

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Dorest Police have confirmed that they do not believe another person was invloved within 19-year-old Gaia Pope’s death.

Those arrestes on suspiscion of her murder have been released from police custody but remain under police investigation.

At around 3pm yesterday, Saturday 18 November 2017, specialist search teams discovered the body of a woman near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November near Swanage.

Although the body has yet to be formally identified, officers are confident that it is Gaia and her family is being supported by specially-trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The post-mortem examination has not identified any injuries to suggest any other person was involved in her death. The cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology.

“The coroner is involved in the oversight of these examinations but at this time this remains an investigation into an unexplained death.

“We would like to take this further opportunity to pass our thoughts to Gaia’s family who we continue to support and who ask for respect of their privacy at this incredibly stressful time.

“Once again I would like to pass our thanks to the public volunteers and partner organisations who have supported this inquiry throughout and have been material in locating Gaia.

“The area where the body was located is likely to remain cordoned off for some time while forensic examinations and searches are concluded.

“Please can I ask that the public no longer attend to assist with searches and that they remain a safe distance from the location. I reiterate this area is steep and slippery in an exposed area close to sea cliffs. The area is covered in dense undergrowth and gorse and can present a hazard. Only specially-trained search and forensic teams are entering the area, assisted by Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service recovery teams.”

Gaia’s family is issuing their thanks to the Find Gaia volunteer group for all their hard work and unwavering support.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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Tragically the Body Gaia Pope has been found she was aged 19

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Officers searching for missing teenager Gaia Pope have discovered the body of a woman near Swanage.

The discovery was made at around 3pm today, Saturday 18 November 2017, by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point.

“The coroner has been notified and further forensic examination will continue. This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this large-scale investigation continues and their efforts in looking for Gaia.

“We have received a huge amount of support from the public who have contacted us with possible sightings of Gaia and items of found clothing. I can confirm that we have recovered all the clothing we believe Gaia was wearing when she disappeared and, with thanks, we no longer require the public to assist with searches.”

Extensive searches have been led by Dorset Police. We have been extensively supported by specialist officers and teams, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors, the NPAS helicopter, Dorset Search & Rescue, Wessex 4×4 and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association. Coordinated local volunteers have also assisted in liaison with the police search operation. We would like to thank our partner agencies and volunteers for their support which has led to today’s developments.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:128. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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