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Over 100 Officers Involved in Major Crime Operations Yesterday

Police conducted extensive operations yesterday due to suspicions of human trafficking, money laundering, and organised criminal activities. About 100 police officers nationwide were involved in the operations, which may be the most extensive ever undertaken.

One of the biggest operations of its kind

In one of the biggest operations of its kind, approximately 100 police officers participated in raiding numerous locations, homes, and businesses yesterday in relation to suspected human trafficking, money laundering, and organised crime activities.

As noted by RÚV, dozens of police officers, along with staff from the customs authorities, the Directorate of Immigration, and welfare and child protection agencies, took part in the operations, which targeted the businesses of Davíð Viðarson, a Vietnamese man (also known as Quang Lé) who owns several companies and restaurants in Iceland.

According to RÚV, Davíð is suspected of violating his employees’ rights. Among his businesses are the restaurants Pho Vietnam and Wok On, which were closed yesterday. At least five individuals have been arrested, according to RÚV’s sources.

The police actions included house searches, arrests, and interviews with potential victims of human trafficking. A special measure was also activated in collaboration with ASÍ (the Icelandic Confederation of Labour) and Bjarkarhlíð, a centre for victims of violence, to address this potential group of victims. No information is available on how many people belong to this group.

The police operations concluded at around midnight yesterday.

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