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Man suspected of trafficking women into UK to work in Cheltenham brothels extradited to Britain

A man, suspected of trafficking women into the UK to work in brothels in Cheltenham, has been extradited back to Britain after being arrested in Spain.

Mark Viner who's 61, was arrested at his home near Barcelona back in October, it all follows an investigation run by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU).

He faces eight charges which are as follows:

  • Two offences of human trafficking.
  • Two offences of controlling prostitution for gain.
  • Two offences of managing or keeping a brothel.
  • One offence of entering into an arrangement to acquire the proceeds of crime.
  • One offence of concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing the proceeds of crime.

The charges relate to the trafficking of women from Brazil to work in brothels in Cheltenham, and follows a two year investigation supported by officers from Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset police forces, together with the CPS and Europol.

A further five people - four men from Essex, Bracknell and Cheltenham and one woman from Bristol – have been arrested as part of the case in connection with trafficking, sexual exploitation and money laundering offences.

They have been released under investigation.

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