11 held after child abuse gang smash

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A SUS­PECTED child sex abuse gang has been smashed by po­lice as part of a crack­down on the ex­ploita­tion of young girls.

Of­fi­cers said 11 peo­ple were ar­rested un­der Op­er­a­tion He­liodor in the south Manch­ester area.

The sus­pected abusers were ar­rested for al­leged of­fences in­clud­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child, at­tempted in­de­cent as­sault, in­cit­ing child pros­ti­tu­tion, ab­duc­tion and rape.

The ar­rests come at a time of in­creased scru­tiny over the way po­lice forces, in­clud­ing Gtr Manch­ester, deal with child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion al­le­ga­tions in the wake of damn­ing re­ports and claims that wide­spread abuse of chil­dren was ef­fec­tively ig­nored by of­fi­cers for years.

Det Insp Deb­bie Oakes, of the Greater Manch­ester Po­lice’s Pro­tect Team, said “Tack­ling child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and those re­spon­si­ble for such heinous crimes is an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity for us.”

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