Five people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after police executed warrants at several properties believed to be brothels.
Officers attended addresses in Brentwood, Basildon, Colchester, Southend, and London last night, Wednesday October 2. In addition to arrests being made, three people were safeguarded.
The arrests made were: a 39-year-old woman from Southend and a 53-year-old woman from Basildon, a 30-year-old man and 34-year-old woman from Poplar and a 47-year-old man from Finsbury Park.
They remain in custody for questioning.