Manchester

Fifteenth arrest over child exploitation

A fifteenth man has been arrested by police investigating alleged sexual exploitation of girls in Greater Manchester.

The 22-year-old, who handed himself in at a police station, is being held on suspicion of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Girls from Stockport are said to have been given drink and drugs and taken to sex parties in Manchester and Salford.

Fourteen other men were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The fourteen have all been released on police bail until September.

Officers have spoken to more than 30 girls as part of the inquiry. They include victims and witnesses.

The investigation is one of the largest carried out by Greater Manchester Police (GMP)'s Major Incident Team and involves about 100 detectives.

It is thought there may be more victims and police have urged anyone with information to contact them or to speak to Childline, Barnado's or the NSPCC.

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