Police have arrested five men in Bolton over claims of child sexual exploitation.
The men are being held on suspicion of rape and conspiracy to commit rape following a series of warrants that have been executed across the Bolton area.
It follows an investigation by the Serious Sexual Offences Unit into allegations a then 15-year-old girl was subjected to numerous sexual assaults and rapes between July 2011 and September 2012.
All the men arrested remain in custody for questioning.
"There will understandably be anxiety in the community following today's arrests. "This is the result of a complex and detailed investigation that has been running for several months into allegations of serious sexual assaults committed against a young girl. There are other people we are actively seeking to speak to as part of this investigation and there may be further arrests in future. For those reasons, we are unable to go into any more detail about the status of the investigation.
– Detective Inspector Simon Davies
"The Force has strategies in place to combat child sexual exploitation and we work closely with other agencies such as Bolton Council to both prosecute people who target vulnerable children and young people and also protect and safeguard victims. "Specially trained staff are continuing to support the victim throughout what is clearly a very traumatic time for her.
What I can say is that Greater Manchester Police takes all allegations of child sexual exploitation very seriously and we have a team of experienced and highly-skilled officers who are carrying out a thorough investigation.