/ Two charged with Modern Slavery in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Two men have been charged modern slavery offences in Ashton-Under-Lyne.

Tomas Maslulis (born 28/09/90) of Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, has been charged with kidnapping or false imprisonment with the intention of committing human trafficking and knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Edmundas Zigmantas (born 30/10/95) of Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne has been charged with knowingly holding another person in slavery or servitude, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

They have been remanded into custody to appear before Tameside Magistrates Court on 7 March

Four other people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in organised crime and have been bailed until 4 May 2016.

On Friday 4 March 2016 an 18-year-old man reported to police that he was being held in servitude and forced to work.

Officers attended the address and made six arrests for organised crime related theft and later, two were further arrested for offences under The Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The victim was removed from the address and is being cared for by police and partner agencies.

Detective Inspector Richard Ennis said: "As this case will now go before the court, we cannot make any comment and it is important we respect that legal process.

"However, I do want to stress that that we will investigate all reports of human trafficking and modern slavery thoroughly. Tackling this issue is an absolute priority for us and I would urge anyone who does have information to speak to us, in confidence if needed."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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