Nine men have been questioned by detectives investigating a suspected second child grooming case in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, police said today.
The Manchester Evening News revealed earlier that officers were probing a separate child sex case in the town.
The most recent arrests took place last Friday when two men, aged 24 and 26, were held on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.
A GMP spokesman said the arrests were the result of an inquiry into the sexual exploitation of a teenage girl by men since 2005.
“In total nine men have been arrested aged between 24 and 38-years-old, on suspicion of sexual activity with a child,” he added.
“They have been bailed pending further inquiries.”
The alleged abuse is believed to have taken place over a six-year period when the girl was in her teens.
Sources described her as ‘extremely vulnerable’. Detectives have carried out video interviews with the girl, who told them she knew the men only by nicknames.
A string of suspects were tracked down by officers and a number of arrests have now been made.
The men in question are all from Asian and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds, the M.E.N. understands.