Man issued with Slavery Trafficking Risk Order – Oxford
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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been issued with a Slavery Trafficking Risk Order (STRO) in Oxford.
Kofie John-Welch, aged 26 formerly of Kingfisher Green, Oxford appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Friday (29/10).
This order was sought after Welch was identified as being involved in grooming young people into drug dealing in Oxford.
The Slavery Trafficking Risk Order, which is in place for three years, prohibits Kofie John-Welch from being in the company of or to associate with; or arrange or provide transport and/or accommodation for; anyone under the age of 18. This includes not to own or possess more than one mobile phone or SIM card.
If John-Welch is found to have breached the conditions of the order he could face a custodial sentence.
The order will start when John-Welch is released from prison in February.
Inspector James Humphries, said: “This is the first time an order like this has been used across the Thames Valley to prevent offending of this nature and is an excellent example of how the police can use the legislation to prevent the exploitation of children, who are often our most vulnerable members of the community.
“I hope this demonstrates that Thames Valley Police will not tolerate this behaviour and will always seek new ways to prevent offending.”