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GMP statement on exploitation charges

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Greater Manchester Police have issued a statement after nine men in Rochdale were charged with offences of child sexual exploitation.

The charges all relate to separate offences against one individual.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, head of GMP's Public Protection Division, said: “There are currently a number of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) investigations underway across the force, which range from individuals up to large groups of offenders that are loosely connected to each other.

“Some of these investigations have arisen from historic allegations and some are based on new complaints.

“We now have a much better understanding of the signs to look for, plus there have been significant improvements in the sharing of information between agencies. Also, the widespread publicity surrounding recent cases has ensured that victims, witnesses, carers and the wider community are much more alive now to the threat of CSE.

“CSE is now one of the force's top priorities and we are absolutely committed to ensuring it gets the resources that it deserves. As a result we have put significant investment into both the PPD and our co-located multi-agency teams. We currently have around 400 officers working full-time as part of these teams, working in a number of areas including CSE and other sexual offences."

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