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Man (52) questioned by police investigating labour exploitation involving fishing industry

Police were continuing to question the man last night

A 52-year-old was last night being questioned by police investigating labour exploitation involving the fishing industry.

Detectives from the PSNI's Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit, assisted by local officers and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, arrested the man yesterday on suspicion of human trafficking.

Detective Inspector Rachel Miskelly said the "suspected victims were a number of foreign national men who were employed on a fishing vessel".

"While circumstances may vary, the common factor is exploitation," she said.

"Victims are controlled - whether by physical or emotional threats or the removal of identity documents, such as passports - and made to work with little or no payment for their efforts.

"This is unfortunately often an unseen crime, as victims are afraid to speak out. And, where individuals are trafficked from overseas, there are often language barriers preventing them from communicating with police or others who could help."

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