Five Oldham arrests in connection with historic child sex abuse and trafficking

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Earlier today, Greater Manchester Police executed warrants at six properties in the Chadderton area of Oldham Metropolitan Borough.

A 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.

A second 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

A 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.

A 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.

A 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of rape and trafficking a person within the UK for sexual exploitation.

They all remain in custody for questioning.

The warrants were executed as part of Operation Gabel – an investigation into the child sexual exploitation of two teenage girls in 2012/2013.

Inspector Nick Helme, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “This morning’s action at several properties in the Chadderton area was a result of just one of a number of ongoing investigations into historic child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester.

“I can assure members of the public and warn offenders that investigating this type of crime is a top priority for the force. Regardless of time passed, dedicated teams in a specialist unit leave no stone unturned whilst gathering evidence to make arrests with the intention of bringing suspects to face justice.

“I hope these warrants build public trust and confidence that Greater Manchester Police is committed to fighting, preventing and reducing CSE to keep people safe and care for victims – giving them the faith they need in the force to come forward.

UPDATE: GMP has confirmed that the two alleged victims were not identified either through the investigations carried out by the Oldham CSE Assurance Review team since November, 2019 or Operation Hexagon that was launched in the same month.

The force has also confirmed that the date when complaints were first made either by, or on behalf of, the alleged victims was in or around June, 2021. In complex cases, where analysis of electronic devices is necessary as part of the evidence gathering process, a delay of six months or more is not regarded as unusual

All the men arrested have been released on bail pending further investigation.

The Greater Manchester Region is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. We offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by telephoning 0161 276 6515.

– Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call us on 0161 273 4500 or email us at help@manchesterrapecrisis.co.uk

– Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.

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Page last updated at 2215hrs on Wednesday 9th February, 2022

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