'Most wanted' trafficking man Albanian Hysni Sokolaj may be in Leicester
An Albanian national suspected of trafficking a woman to the UK and forcing her into prostitution may be in Leicester, police believe.
Hysni Sokolaj was today named among 18 "most wanted" foreign nationals in a campaign by the Metropolitan Police in London.
The force has launched the nationwide appeal – which is codenamed Operation Sunfire 3 – to track down the suspects, who have been linked to crimes such as murder, robbery and drug trafficking.
The Met said it had intelligence linking Sokolaj, 40, to a house in Leicester.
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However, he also has associations with London and Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.
People have been urged to dial 999 if they see Sokolaj and warned not to approach him.
A Met spokeswoman said: "Intelligence suggests there is an address in Leicester to which he is connected.
"So, it is possible he has been staying there recently and, if so, we think it is likely someone in Leicester will recognise him."
The new campaign is the third of its kind to be run by the Met's extradition unit.
It aims to put the suspects in front of British or overseas courts.
The Met believes Sokolaj profited from forcing an Albanian woman into prostitution in Belgium and then the UK between 2001 and 2005.
People are being urged to use the confidential Crimestoppers hotline to pass information to the police.
Crimestoppers founder Lord Ashcroft said: "We have seen a great response from the public and arrest success from past campaigns, so our hope is that this will continue and that the public will join us in standing up against crime.
"By working together and speaking up anonymously we can all take steps towards making the UK safer."
All 18 suspects' details and photographs can be viewed at the website below.
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.