A PROSTITUTION and slavery investigation was launched in Southampton, it has been revealed.

Officers from Hampshire Police launched the probe following an incident at a flat in the city centre.

Three people were arrested following the inquiry into the incident at Atlantic Mansions block of flats on Albert Road South on Tuesday.

Yesterday as a result of the operation a 43-year-old woman appeared before magistrates in Southampton in connection with offences relating to modern day slavery

Huiqi Yuan, of no fixed abode has been charged with arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation and control for prostitution for gain.

Police also said that a 45-year-old woman was identified and safeguarded and she is being supported by specially trained officers.

Two men, a 72-year-old man from Southampton and 64-year-old man from Fareham were arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting prostitution for gain.

They have been questioned by officers and released under investigation.

Chief Inspector Phil Lamb said: “Information from communities is key in identifying criminal activity connected to organised crime and modern day slavery. I would continue to encourage anyone who notices suspicious activity or a vulnerable person who seems to be working against their will to contact us.

“You are our eyes and ears out there. If you see anything suspicious or anyone you are concerned about, please get in touch.”

Modern Slavery takes many forms and could involve someone who is:

• Forced to work.

• Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’.

• Dehumanised.

• Treated as a commodity or property.

• Restricted by someone else in relation to their freedom of movement.

Further details relating to Modern Day Slavery can be found here: http://www.modernslaverypartnership.org.uk/

You can also report any information or suspicious activity in complete confidence via the Modern Slavery helpline (@mshelpline) on 08000121700