2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Eight people charged for human trafficking

Police raid 8

4:34am 21st April 2017
(Updated 7:13am 21st April 2017)

Eight people have been charged with human trafficking.

Lancashire Police launched an major operation into this serious crime and raided homes throughout our county.

They executed warrants at address in Blackburn, Blackpool and Preston on Wednesday (19th April).

Last night (20th April) officers charged the seven men and the one woman they arrested.

Five of those lived in Lancashire while the rest came from outside our area.

They've been charged with conspiring to traffic for sexual exploitation and conspiring to incite prostitution for gain.

They'll now appear at Blackburn Magistrates Court this morning (21st April).

court gavel

[The eight people arrested now face serious charges]

The charges are part of the Operation Proteus, which has been working to find criminals dealing in human trafficking and slavery and offer help to victims.

Razvan Mitru, 30, of Arkwright Road, Preston; Ionut Dogaru, 28, of Whitebirk Road, Blackburn; Alexandru Baltoiu, 24, of St Margaret’s Road, Evesham; Marius Trasca, 29, of Watt Street, Gateshead; Marian Diaconu, 25, of Arborfield Close, Slough; Andra Amzulin, 27, of Station Road, Blackpool; Claudiu-Nicusor Vlaescu, 31, of Whitebirk Road, Blackburn and Traian Gvarila, 31, of Victoria Place, Preston have been charged with conspiring to traffic for sexual exploitation and conspiring to incite prostitution for gain.

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all 2BR platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Police Line

Man charged over 63 year old's death

George Crawley was found with head injuries

Lancashire_Fire_and_Rescue_Service

Two people rescued from flat fire

Happened yesterday teatime

Newer article
Older article

UPDATE More injured after Paris terror attack

Local News: One policeman is dead and two others are seriously hurt

Top articles

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

Uganda Appeal: Re-visiting some of the people 2BR met

Local News: A month on, 2BR has a few updates for you

Theo Walcott holds no grudge against Arsene Wenger after Everton move

Sport: Theo Walcott says he cannot thank Arsene Wenger enough for the belief shown in him but felt the time was right to leave Arsenal.

Inquest opens into The Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan's death

Showbiz: A coroner is awaiting results of "various tests" to determine what caused the death of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan.

Parsons Green bombing: Accused pleads not guilty

National News: A teenager accused of a bomb attack which injured 30 commuters at Parsons Green tube station has denied responsibility.

Inquest opens into The Cranberries' singer Dolores O'Riordan's death

World News: A coroner is awaiting results of "various tests" to determine what caused the death of The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan.

Retailers suffer worst December since 2010 - ONS

Business News: Retail sales fell more sharply than expected in the core Christmas month, capping the worst December performance for volumes since 2010.

Could there be a second Hollywood sign?

Strange News: How do you solve a problem like traffic congestion around the Hollywood sign? You build another one.

MONEY: Planning for the future in 2018

Local News: Helping you along your Financial Journey

Near misses in drowning need to be talked about

Local News: They're the lucky ones - says Lancashire mum

LIVES IN LANCASHIRE: Tom Heaton

Local News: See how the keeper is saving more than just shots in Lancashire

HALF PRICE - Hollywood Star

Non-News: Get your half price voucher for Hollywood Star in Burnley now.

VIDEO Something Worth Fighting For

Local News: You've never seen a journalist do this...

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

@2BR