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Pair charged over brothel following INLA raids

Paramilitary Crime Task Force officers carry out a search of Costello House, the offices of the IRSP in west Belfast, on Friday. Picture by Mal McCann

A 32-YEAR-OLD man and a woman, aged 22, have been charged with brothel keeping following a police operation against the INLA.

Seven people were arrested during 12 searches by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force in Belfast, Lisburn, Crumlin and Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, on Friday.

The man has been charged with brothel keeping and concealing criminal property.

The woman has been charged with controlling prostitution and brothel keeping.

The pair are to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

A 48-year-old man arrested about alleged trafficking and controlling prostitution offences has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

A 55-year-old man was arrested in greater Belfast on Saturday under terrorism legislation.

Three other men detained on Friday under terror laws remained in custody last night.

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