Two London men have been arrested on charges of human trafficking as part of an investigation into an unresolved case into the disappearance of a 14-year-old British boy from a city underground platform in 2007.
South Yorkshire Police and their London Metropolitan Police counterparts said they caught two men, 45 and 38. However, they have already been “released under investigation” meaning they have not been charged, but police are still working on the case.
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Both were arrested for kidnapping and human trafficking. The 45-year-old is also accused of possessing indecent images of children.
Police were investigating the disappearance of Andrew Gosden, who is now 28. He was last seen in security video taken at Kings Cross underground station in London on September 14, 2007.
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Before disappearing, he withdrew the equivalent of about $ 275 from his bank account and bought a one-way ticket from Doncaster to London – about 170 miles away, the BBC reported.
According to the network, he left for school that morning and then returned home after his parents went to work and changed his class uniform to put on street clothes.
“We have made numerous calls over the years to find out where Andrew is and what happened to him when he disappeared,” Detective Inspector Andy Knowles said in a statement Tuesday. “I encourage anyone with information they have not yet reported to come forward.”
The pictures show that Gosden has light brown hair and brown eyes. He is also described as having a “distinctive double crest” in his right ear. Many photos show him wearing glasses. At the time of his disappearance, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall with a slim build.
In a statement posted on a Twitter account dedicated to the missing Gosden, his father Kevin said the family “are unwilling to speculate on a possible outcome” of the cases against the two men, whose identities have not yet been released. .
“We have carried the burden of not knowing for many years, and recent potential developments represent a more intense part of this emotional journey for us,” he said on Tuesday. “So we hope you understand how difficult this time is for us as a family and want to thank you for your support and prayers.”
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