AT least 12 women in Glasgow and Edinburgh were rescued after cops busted an alleged sex-trafficking gang.
Dozens of officers raided two properties in Glasgow yesterday as two men were arrested.
Since Operation Fasthold was launched ten months ago, police have found and shut down 12 brothels run by merciless traffickers.
Bank statements, cash, phones and motors were all seized in yesterday’s raids.
It is claimed women were being sold at £120 an hour for brothels, and were forced to continue working throughout the Covid pandemic despite increased safety risks.
A total of 25 women have been assisted since January, with 13 alleged traffickers nicked by cops.
Detective Superintendent Donna Duffy told the Daily Record: “This was a great result. It was a major achievement.
She added: “There is still a demand unfortunately and they keep operating to meet it.
“Trafficking is a hidden business and it doesn’t shut down because of Covid.
“We were seeing a rise in the number of females who were being found and who we suspected of being sexually exploited. We needed to get to the organised crime making money from them.”
Traffickers have allegedly continued operating despite raids on their brothels before arrests were made.
Det Supt Duffy said: “Just because we go through the door of a brothel, doesn’t mean their operation is going to stop, they will move it to somewhere else.
“That’s why it is important to identify and arrest the traffickers.”
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