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12 November 2014, 07:38
Police in Coventry investigating reports of child sexual exploitation, have arrested two men.
A house in Wellington Street in the Hillfields area of the city was searched around 6am this morning, where officers arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of rape and supplying drugs.
A second man, aged 24, was also arrested suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
The arrest of the 28 year old is part of an on-going investigation into child sexual exploitation and it is expected further arrests will follow.
DCI Dean Young from Coventry PPU said: "Today's arrest follows excellent work by local police officers and partners in Coventry to identify and target those suspected of being involved with CSE. I would like to reassure the community that the investigation continues and further arrests will follow."
He added: "Child sexual exploitation affects all communities and it remains a top priority for us - nothing is more important in policing than protecting vulnerable people."
Child Sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse where victims are given commodities such as food, money, drugs, alcohol, gifts or affection in exchange for sexual activity with the abuser. Vulnerable young people are often targeted by offenders who then use physical, financial or emotional power to sexually abuse them.
For further information, advice and support visit this dedicated section of the West Midlands Police website: www.west-midlands.police.uk/childsexualexploitation