Four arrested on suspicion of child exploitation offences

17:15 13 December 2012

Four men were arrested this morning accused of child sexual exploitation offences as the Met Police carried out raids in London.

Officers from the Met’s trafficking and prostitution unit swooped on addresses in Barking, Newham, Waltham Forest and Redbridge shortly after 7am and arrested the four – all in their early to mid twenties – in coordinated raids.

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

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

The operation came after four victims, all aged between 16 and 18 at the time of the offences, were identified by the unit.

Det Insp Kevin Hyland 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.”

The officers were acting on intelligence from Essex Police.

All four men are currently in custody at an east London police station.

Victims of child trafficking and prostitution or anyone with information is urged to call the Met’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 7832589 or the NSPCC hotline on 0800 1111.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Police believe these four boys were in the area at the time and want to speak to them

A 14-year-old girl was forced into performing a sex act by two boys on her way home from school while another two teenagers filmed it on their mobile phones.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
She was taking her savings to the bank when the thieves pounced

Shaheed Forde-Bryan from Rainham, east London went missing on Sunday June 14 and following a police appeal has today been found.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
David Maxwell was stabbed in the back and the arm, and died in the street. Police still don't know why he was attacked (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for knifing David Maxwell to death in Southwark last Halloween.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Mitchell Brook Primary School is in Neasden (Pic credit: Google streetview)

The hunt is on to find a man who attempted to abduct a girl near a primary school in Neasden.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Pensioner robbed on Duncombe Road N12

Two men pushed a 72-year-old woman down a flight of stairs and snatched her handbag full of savings in Upper Holloway, police said as they appeal for information.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Armed robbery at a Brixton convenience store (Picture: Met Police)

A gang of four hooded men threatened a Brixton Hill shopkeeper with a gun and a knife before making off with money, vodka and cigarettes, police said as they appeal for information.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Read more
Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Read more
Adrenalin junkies, this one's for you!

An icon of British engineering and a consistent favourite of James Bond, there are few names quite as legendary in motoring as Aston Martin.

Read more