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MPS arrest 4 men for child sexual exploitation but not connected to Yewtree

December 13, 2012, 3:40 pm

Officers from the MPS’s Trafficking and Prostitution Unit have this
morning (Thursday 13 December) arrested four men for child sexual
exploitation offences.

Acting on intelligence from Essex Police, officers executed warrants
from 0630hrs in Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and
Newham. A total of 12 addresses were searched.

A 25 year old man from Barking [A] was arrested on suspicion of
trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation; controlling a child
prostitute; facilitating/attempting to facilitate child prostitution,
and rape.

A second 25 year old [C], from Newham was arrested on suspicion of
trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation and controlling a
child prostitute.

A 23 year old man from Romford [B] was arrested on suspicion of rape and
another 23 year old man [D], from Leyton, E10, was arrested on suspicion
of sexual touching of a female; controlling a child prostitute;
conspiracy to traffick a female within the UK for sexual exploitation.

All were arrested between approximately 07.10hrs and 07.30hrs. They are
currently in custody at an East London police station.

The MPS has identified four victims at this stage, all of whom were aged
between 16 and 18 years at the time of the offences. Their enquiries

Det Insp Kevin Hyland, of the Trafficking and Prostitution Unit, said:
“The victims we have identified so far were all young and vulnerable
individuals. Their abusers targeted them for this reason.

“We are working with Essex Social Services and other service providers
to ensure that all victims we identify during our investigation receive
the care and support that they need.

“We are absolutely committed to stopping those involved in the sexual
exploitation of children. Our priority is always the safety and
wellbeing of the victim. I urge any other victims of this type of crime
to report it to police so that they can receive the help they need.”

Victims of child trafficking and prostitution, and anyone with
information about this type of crime, are urged to call the MPS’s
24-hour helpline, open seven days a week. The number is 0800 7832589.

Victims can also call the national NSPCC hotline on 0800 1111.

Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for children’s
services said: “I absolutely categorically condemn any alleged abuse and
am supportive of any action the police need to take to bring to justice
those who prey on and exploit the vulnerable.

“Essex County Council’s priority is to protect and support any young
person who may be affected by sexual exploitation or abuse and this
remains our immediate priority. We will continue to work with the
Metropolitan Police and the Crown Pprosecution Service and assist them
in their enquiries.”

This is not connected to Operation Yewtree

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