Women arrested over child sexual exploitation in Rotherham

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Detectives have made three more arrests as part of an operation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Two Rotherham women, aged 58 and 40, were quizzed on suspicion of causing the prostitution of a woman, false imprisonment and aiding, abetting and procuring rape.

They have now been bailed pending further inquiries.

A 52-year-old man, also from Rotherham, remains in custody today on suspicion of rape, indecent assault, and procuring a female for prostitution.

The three arrests takes the number taken into police custody as part of Operation Clover to 16 so far.

It is a joint probe involving South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Three of the 16 suspects have been charged with a total of 78 offences.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate said: “This is a complex and protracted investigation with a vast amount of work still to do.

“I want to continue to encourage victims of all sexual crime to come forward - it takes huge courage and I would want to reassure anyone who does come forward that their complaints will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.”

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.