Two men arrested over exploitation of girls

Police investigating the alleged sexual exploitation of girls in Greater Manchester have arrested two men on suspicion of trafficking.

A 25-year-old man from Longsight and a 24-year-old man from Tameside were taken into police custody earlier.

Fifteen men were arrested in June as part of the same inquiry into child exploitation in Stockport.

Greater Manchester Police said the investigation was one of their largest ever and involved about 100 detectives.

The 15 men arrested in June have been released on police bail until September.

Det Ch Insp Pete Marsh said: "Sadly, sexually exploited children exist across the UK, in all communities and in all kinds of homes, regardless of ethnicity.

"We will continue to dedicate a significant amount of officers to this investigation and work closely with local authorities, and other organisations such as Barnardo's, to address the specific issue of adults befriending and grooming younger people for sex."

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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