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Human trafficking charge

A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with an investigation into incidents of alleged human trafficking in the south Armagh area.

Police said he was detained on suspicion of Human Trafficking for Securing Services between 1st January 2015 and 17th July 2015, a number of fraud offences, money laundering and gangmaster offences.

The man subsequently appeared before Banbridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday accused of entering into an arrangement with a gangmaster.

The charge relates to the July 17th discovery of 16 people, working in the agricultural sector, who police allege are victims of human trafficking,