Police have raided at least four Dundee addresses this year as part of a crackdown on human trafficking, a new report has revealed.
Officers also assisted a number of women suspected of being trafficked for sexual exploitation, referring them to Dundee charity Vice Versa, a support group for people forced into prostitution.
One man was also detained on a European arrest warrant following an intelligence-led operation into sex trafficking.
The details were revealed in a quarterly report by Chief Superintendent Paul Anderson, which covered the six-month period between April and September this year.
Ch Supt Anderson said: “We have continued to work with agencies to tackle prostitution and in this reporting period there have been a number of CID-led disruptions at four addresses in Dundee, using Vice Versa for sexual health and wellbeing visits.
“These visits are supported by local community teams and resulted in a number of non-British women who were suspected of being trafficked being referred to Vice Versa and a male being apprehended on a European arrest warrant, as well as targeting uninsured vehicles, seizing them.”
The report also showed that the number of reported sexual crimes in Dundee increased to 294, up from 251 during the same period in 2016.
The sexual crimes detection rate dropped from 66.5% to 63.%, while the rape detection rate rose from 57.6% to 67.2%.
Elsewhere, robbery detection rates saw a 26.6% reduction, falling from 93.3% to 66.7%.
Ch Supt Anderson said: “The situation remains the same as the last reporting period whereby these offences relate to low levels of violence and small amounts of property with no repeat offenders or victims.
“A robbery action plan is being developed and this will be utilised across the city in order to prevent these types of offences from occurring.”
Common assaults rose from 1,031 to 1,081 but there were 71 serious assaults — six fewer than last year.
A 15.4% reduction was recorded in crimes and offences linked to domestic abuse, dropping to 657 from 777.
Other significant incidents included a woman allegedly found in the possession of 54,410 counterfeit cigarettes and 4.5kg of rolling tobacco with an estimated street value of £11,600. She was also arrested and charged with being concerned in the supply of drugs after allegedly being found with cannabis worth £2,000.
The report will be presented to Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee on Monday.