Manchester

Child sex exploitation probe: Man released and 16 rebailed

Detectives investigating the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Greater Manchester have released a man without charge and extended the bail of 16 others.

The men were detained in June on suspicion of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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

The 16 men will have to answer bail in November, a police spokesman said.

The investigation is one of the largest carried out by Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team, involving about 100 detectives.

The force said some of the girls were as young as 14 and some were living in care at the time.

Anyone with any information has been urged to contact police or to speak to Childline, Barnado's or the NSPCC.

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