Dorset Police have arrested seven men following a day of action on suspected perpetrators of child sexual exploitation.
The men aged between 18 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of a range of alleged offences which include causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, supply of a controlled drug, sexual activity with a child, causing a child to watch/look at an image of sexual activity and facilitating the commission of child offences.
Four girls aged between 14 and 16 have now been safeguarded and multi-agency work is ongoing to ensure they continue to be safe.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money or gifts including alcohol, tobacco and drugs, accommodation, affection or status.
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Detective Inspector Neil Phillips said: "Following information passed on to us by schools and social workers, our skilled officers gathered intelligence on the suspected perpetrators leading to their positive identification and location.
"No charges have been made at this time and our investigations are ongoing."
In September 2014 a team was formed in Dorset to investigate significant risk cases of CSE. They work as part of a multi-agency approach.
Good work, Dorset Police and other agencies. God bless you!