The Northern Irish police have rescued 20 potential victims of trafficking of human beings in the course of an inquiry on forced labour in the food sector.
20 Romanians, 14 men and six women between 20 and 48 years, were rescued by police in the past five days in two different places in the County of Armagh, on the border with Ireland.
Three suspects, aged 23, 27 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, forced labour, slavery and money laundering.
Detective Inspector Todd Clements, from the The Police Service of Northern Ireland organised crime branch, said: "This has been a fast-moving and complex operation which may continue for some time. The 20 people we have identified as potential victims of human trafficking for labour exploitation are in places of safety now. Our inquiries are continuing."