A Romanian national has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

The 41-year-old man was arrested by Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) officers at an address in Barnet this morning (July 1).

He remains in custody and is being questioned by the GLAA.

Officers spoke to three workers at a hand car wash in Keynsham, near Bristol, as part of the same investigation.

Two potential victims were safeguarded by the GLAA prior to the operation.

GLAA Senior Investigating Officer Andy Davies said: “This was a successful co-ordinated operation executed by our officers at two separate locations over 100 miles apart.

“Tackling labour abuse is what we do on a daily basis, but it’s equally as important to address the methods in which exploitation can take place.

“There has to be a zero tolerance approach to human trafficking, whether it is for the purposes of sexual exploitation, organised drug dealing, or for the forced labour offences we investigate.”

The operation was supported by officers from the Metropolitan Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.