One of the largest investigations carried out by the serious crime division
Following a three month investigation involving approximately 100 detectives, Greater Manchester police have carried out a sequence of raids in the Stockport area against men supposedly involved in sex crimes against teenage girls.
The men arrested were allegedly involved in providing alcohol and drugs to juvenile girls at sex parties. Additionally, they are suspected of sex trafficking within the UK.
The joint operation between officers in Stockport and the force’s major incident team made “a number of arrests in connection with an investigation into organised crime groups”, according to a spokesman from the Greater Manchester police.
“Focusing chiefly on child sexual exploitation, the investigation involves around 100 detectives and is one of the largest ever carried out by the serious crime division.
“The arrests are the result of a three month inquiry into the sexual exploitation of a number of teenage girls from Stockport by men.”
“This issue is at the top of GMP’s priorities”
The men arrested have addresses in Moss Side, Fallowfield, Levenshulme, Cheetham Hill and Cholton-on-Medlock, all of which are in Manchester or Salford. They are currently being held in custody.
Terry Sweeney, Assistant Chief Constable, stated: “I hope today’s action shos people in Greater Manchester that the issue of sexual exploitation is one that we take extremely seriously.
“This is the largest ever operation carried out by the major incident team and we have had dozens of detectives, including a team from Stockport, working on this investigation.
“It is believed there could ultimately be more victims in this case and officers now want to hear from anyone else who thinks they may have been sexually exploited… this issue is at the top of GMP’s priorities”.