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Six men charged in Rochdale child sex exploitation inquiry

Six men have been charged as part of an investigation to tackle child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.

The charges include rape, sexual assault and trafficking, police said.

They are said to have been committed between 2004 and 2008 against three victims aged between 14 and 16 at the time.

All the defendants, who are aged between 25 and 39 and from Rochdale, are due to appear at Bury Magistrates' Court on 21 January.

Joshim Miah, 31, of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, is accused of rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.

'Absolute priority'

Mohammed Sadeer, 27, of Brimrod Lane, Rochdale, Naheem Akram, 39, of Manley Road, Rochdale, and a man, who police say cannot be named for legal reasons, are all also charged with rape.

Ittefaq Yousaf, 25, of Stanley Street, Rochdale, has been charged with sexual assault and causing/inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity, while Arfan Iqbal, 25, of Park Road, Rochdale, is charged with attempted rape.

Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts said: "This case is another that has been launched by Operation Doublet, an investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) that arose following the 2011 investigation into CSE in Rochdale.

"To date, 83 people have been arrested, 15 have been interviewed under caution and prosecutions have been launched against 25 people.

"The sexual exploitation of children and young people is the absolute priority for Greater Manchester Police and its partners."

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