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North Wales car washes being used as brothels
Published:  09 October, 2015

Car washes in North Wales are being use as brothels, according to an anti-slavery campaigner.

James Coy, the North Wales anti-slavery co-ordinator, told the Daily Post that customers at three sites across the region had been approached by workers offering them girls for sex.

The incidents are being probed by a task force set up to crack down on human trafficking and slavery.

A former detective who oversees the operation told the Daily Post that he had received complaints from shocked motorists who had driven to car washes in the hope of getting their vehicles cleaned, only to be approached by workers and asked if they are looking for sex.

Coy said: “We don’t have a red light district in North Wales but we do have sexual exploitation. We are seeing a trend across North Wales and the UK where single male customers are going to hand car washes and are being offered sex.

“A migrant worker or a group of migrant workers will clean a car and ask, ‘Do you want to go inside? There are two ladies.’ It’s prostitution. They are often eastern Europeans but very vulnerable people.”

Coy said three such incidents happened on Anglesey, in central North Wales, and in Wrexham this year.