Six more people have been arrested today as part of an ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury.
Operation Burgos is led by a specialist multi-agency team who have been working to investigate Child Sexual Exploitation offences, identify those responsible and provide specialist support to victims.
Five men and one woman have been arrested on suspicion of a number of CSE offences including rape, sexual assault and possession of indecent images.
They all remain in custody for questioning.
A total of 20 people have now been arrested as part of enquiries.
The offences are believed to have taken place in public parks, outdoor locations and various premises across Bury.
Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “This is a complex investigation and today’s action is a result of the extensive work between police, Bury Council Children’s Services and other partners.
“Our main focus is to protect and support the young people affected by these types of offences and to prevent further abuse from taking place. Detectives have worked tirelessly to recover evidence and will continue to do so.
“You cannot underestimate how incredibly difficult it is for a young person to speak out about the abuse that they have suffered for a whole host of reasons.
“Around 25 young people have found the confidence to speak with us about what has happened to them. This figure may well increase as the investigation continues.
Supporting each young person alongside our specialist partners including Bury Council Children’s Services will remain our priority.
“If you would like to speak to our team, or if you have any concerns or questions about child sexual exploitation in Bury, then please call us on 0161 856 4484.”
Karen Dolton, Bury Council’s executive director for children, said: “The police and our children’s services teams work tirelessly to support young people to come forward and tell their story.
“This kind of effective multi-agency working is essential in ensuring that vulnerable young people are protected and that perpetrators of CSE are brought to justice.”