In response to the events this week and the latest arrests Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said: ‘There have been some who’ve said this is a one-off case but I have consistently said I believe it to be a wider problem and that’s why I am pleased to see the police acting.’
The first Oldham scandal: Eight of the nine men who were jailed this week following an investigation into what police say appears to be an entirely separate sex grooming ring. The ninth man cannot be identified for legal reasons
Nine men have been arrested by detectives investigating a suspected second child-grooming gang in Rochdale.
The alleged victim is reported to be one of 47 girls questioned by police in relation to an earlier child sexual exploitation ring in the town.
That case concluded on Wednesday at Liverpool Crown Court when nine Asian men received jail sentences of between four and 19 years from a judge who said they treated their five white victims ‘as though they were worthless’.
Greater Manchester Police said the men arrested in the latest inquiry are not thought to have known each other.
The fresh inquiry comes just days after nine Asian men were jailed for a total of 77 years for raping and abusing up to 47 girls – some as young as 13 – after plying them with alcohol and luring them to takeaways.