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Police smash prostitution ring

PUBLISHED: 17:19 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:34 25 August 2010

A PROSTITUTION ring operating in south-east London and the Home Counties has been 'smashed'.

A PROSTITUTION ring operating in south-east London and the Home Counties has been 'smashed' by a string of brothel raids. Brothels in Welling and Charlton were among 11 raided by police on Tuesday morning concluding a nine-month operation against a vice gang.

A 38-year-old man in Welling and a 35-year-old man in Charlton were among 11 arrested, including a 70-year-old man in Cricklewood. Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Martin, head of the Met's Clubs and Vice Unit, said: "The experiences of the women that are forced into prostitution are absolutely horrendous. They encounter violence on a daily basis and are subject to huge debt bondage which they are then forced to pay off by having sex with numerous clients daily."

Police said five women were rescued in the raids.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said there needed to be tougher action against trafficking and prostitution.

He added: "There are too many women whose lives are blighted by violence perpetrated by men, something which is wholly unacceptable."

Police are investigating the possibility of recovering £896,000 found in the accounts of those arrested.

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