Thames Valley police have confirmed that four men arrested yesterday in Oxford as part of an investigation into child exploitation have been released on bail.
Nine other men remain in custody while further enquires are made.
Thames Valley police say four men who were arrested in Oxford in connection with an ongoing investigation into child exploitation have been released on police bail. Nine other men remain in custody while further enquires are made.
There were dawn raids across Oxford today, and 13 men were arrested on suspicion of child exploitation. Police believe this may have been an organised gang - who've been targetting girls around the city.
Police are now questioning 13 men accused of a string of child sex offences. Officers spent the day reassuring people in Oxford after they made arrests in raids this morning. They believe 24 girls - aged between 11 and 16 - have been exploited.
Thames Valley Police have released pictures of officers being briefed ahead of an early morning raids in Oxford targeting alleged child exploitation.
Twelve people were arrested as part of an investigation into claims 24 vulnerable girls under 16 were groomed for rape and prostitution.
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Superintendent Chris Sharp from Thames Valley Police spoke to our reporter about the arrests across Oxford.
Members of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploiting Children and Young People praise Thames Valley Police.
– Sheila Taylor, Director
Cases of child sexual exploitation are complex and difficult to investigate and it's hard to bring those who perpetuate the crimes to justice. We congratulate Thames Valley Police for their dedication to this issue and the operation they have developed and their zero tolerance approach to this crime.
As always our concerns lie with the young people who have been victims and we are very pleased to see a complete multi-agency team approach to assisting the recovery of the young people.
Thames Valley Police have arrested 12 men after conducting dawn raids in Oxford, as part of an investigation into child exploitation. 24 girls between the ages of 11 and 16 are now being cared for by social services. Officers believe the offences have taken place over a 6 year period.
– Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, Thames Valley Police
We believe we have uncovered an organised crime group who have been running a business of selling young girls for sex. We have also identified a number of customers who we have reason to believe have used this service.
The men between the ages of 21 and 37 are being questioned by police this morning. They have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including;
- The prostitution of females under the age of 18
- Administrating drugs for the purpose of rape
- Human trafficking
- Grooming and rape.
Neighbourhood policing patrols conducted patrols around the areas where the raids took place to reassure local residents. Anyone with any information which they feel would be useful to the investigation is urged to contact Crimestoppers.