Six men, aged between 24 and 43-years old, have been arrested in the last week on Monday 30 September, Wednesday 2 October and Thursday, 3 October, as part of an investigation by Humberside Police that has been underway for several months.
Detective Superintendent Mat Hutchinson said: “Following reports earlier this year, we have been conducting an investigation in relation to sexual offences against teenage girls.
“As part of the investigation, four girls have disclosed offences to us between 2017 and 2019.
“Offences against two of the girls have been reported to have taken place in Hull, with offences against the other two girls reported to have taken place outside of the Humberside force area.
“We have carried out initial investigations into all of the offences that have been reported, including outside of our force area, as it was imperative we developed a full picture of what has occurred.
“We have been continuously working with the girls, alongside support agencies and specialist teams, to help and encourage them in providing information and evidence to further the investigation.
“The relevant forces are aware of the reports and of our investigation and we will provide full cases to them when we are in a position to do so.
“This is a lengthy and complex investigation and while action was taken as soon as disclosures were made to police, it has been our priority to spend time helping the girls with difficult conversations and allowing them to confide and trust in us.
“Talking about sexual offences and exploitation can be an incredibly distressing experience, and the courage and bravery the girls have shown in coming forwards has been commendable.
“Any reports of sexual offences and exploitation will always be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly, and we would always encourage anyone with any information or who has been affected by these types of offences to please report it to us.”
The six men have all been bailed with conditions pending further enquiries.