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Twelve men arrested for child exploitation offences.

Summary: Police have arrested twelve men as part of a child exploitation operation in Oxford.

Police have arrested twelve men as part of a child exploitation operation in Oxford.

The men are suspected of a string of offences including causing the prostitution of young girls, trafficking, grooming and rape.

Thames Valley Police are investigating the cases of 24 girls aged between 11 to 16, as part of an operation named 'Bullfinch'.

The police investigation was carried out in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council's children, education and families department.

Detective Superintendent Rob Mason said: "We believe we have uncovered an organised crime group who have been running a business of selling young girls for sex.

"We have also identified a number of customers who we have reason to believe have used this service".

The incidents are believed to have spanned over more than a six year period. The group of men, aged between 21 and 37, are being held in custody.

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Date:Mar 22, 2012
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